Last year, I participated in my first NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write 50,000 words of a new novel in the 30 days of November.
I loved it. I wrote "Ephemeral," a novel I consider to be my most grown-up, I'm-actually-a-novelist novel yet. Plus, it made me realize that even while working a full-time job (and even in the midst of changing jobs), I can average 1,666.66667 words a day, without even losing sleep. It was amazing.
The best thing about NaNoWriMo? -- Chris Baty, the director, who sends funny emails to encourage you.
The best thing I got from NaNoWriMo? -- My third complete 1st draft of a novel.
This year, I didn't have a novel in mind, but now I'm considering one that I found in my ideas pile, tentatively titled "Habitas." Also in the running is the 2nd installment of my Zini series, which keeps intruding when I try to write the first one.