Off and on through the years, I have attempted to write a novel in 30 days. 5 or 6 times I have met the 50,000-word goal. I have not published and in 2012 I was devastated when I lost 2 of the novels I wrote because I failed to maintain a backup.
ALWAYS back up your work in more than one place.
I believe this is the 18th year I am participating. I am excited about it because I found my original notes to one of the novels I lost and I am hoping to rewrite it. Going into this I am FULLY aware that it will not be the same as it was last time I wrote it. In fact, there have already been some serious changes and I am just 2000 words into it.
I encourage you if you enjoy writing to check out nanowrimo.org. It's free.
For me, the challenge of writing consistently and daily helps with what is typically a chaotic time of year. It helps me keep order and stay grounded. For me that is important. I also tend to focus on my proper priorities more so. After all, in order to average 1676 words a day, there has to be some semblance of a schedule.
Are you doing NaNoWriMo? If you want to connect I am WriterFTJ
If you are on the fence about it, I suggest that you check it out. Look into it. It won't hurt anything. Writers use it for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Memoirs, and more.
As I am writing I get excited to get to know my characters and meet new ones. I enjoy exploring their world and learning how things work. The whole process brings joy. Plus 90% of the time when I focus on one writing project, several more will pop up or flesh out. Enjoy the process!