Over 310,157 writers attempted NaNoWriMo on November 1, with a goal of writing a 50,000 word novel by midnight on November 30th. Submissions have been verified, and the results are in. Nationwide, 41,940 writers, or about 13.5% of all entrants, finished by the deadline.
NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty once said, “The biggest thing separating people from their artistic ambitions is not a lack of talent. It’s the lack of a deadline.” Probably the most repeated piece of advice I’ve read about writing is, “Write a lot, and write every day.” To win NaNo, you have to write a lot, and write (almost) every day, with a big fat November 30 deadline watching over your shoulder.
I think the real winners of NaNo include anyone who forced themselves to create on a regular, scheduled basis, regardless of whether they passed the 50,000 milestone. And I would bet they leave November a better writer. (OP 12/2/2013)