Update: Many people are still writing, while many others have met their 50,000 word goals or exceeded them.
I have continued to not write a novel and actually feel pretty good about it. In the past I’d argue that making the effort and stumbling was still worthwhile but…been there, done that. I’d rather write something to my own schedule now. I think I can do that now and NaNoWriMo is more a barrier than an aid at this point, because it forces you to write a story in a specific time frame, which is arbitrary and a little weird. It’s great if you’re just starting out, or desperately need some kind of external discipline to get you started.
But I no longer need those things, so maybe I won’t participate next year, or ever again.
Now I just need to prove how smart this decision is by, you know, writing and maybe even finishing a novel. It could happen!