I'm looking at this as another good reason for deciding not to participate in National Novel Writing Month. If I had set my heart on the project, only to find myself laid up in bed with saltines and Netflix and unable to do much else, I would have been set back before I even started. Let's face it. Writing 1,667 words in a day (to acheive the ultimate goal of 50,000 at the end of the month) is no small feat. Besides, what about Thanksgiving and Christmas? Sure, they're not here yet, but I'm not waiting till December to start on my Christmas presents. And... I'm getting ready to start sending my novel and sundry query materials to agents. I have a back log of old papers that need to be scanned and shredded (no, never really finished that old project). I have a full plate whether I want to admit it or not.
Under other circumstances perhaps NaNoWriMo would have worked for me. I've heard it's a great way to churn out that awful first draft of a novel, and thousands are participating. People are writing! That's phenomenal! So, if you happen to be in the midst of your NaNo work, good luck to you. We are cheering you on! Happy writing!
The words will return shortly.