I finished National Novel Writing Month with what I think is a decent rough draft of a novel. I'm definitely happier with what I produced this year than last. I'm actually anxious to start doing some editing and re-writing, but I think I'm busy enough with the holidays. I'm going to wait until January sometime to work on it some more.
I almost did not participate this year because last year was pretty painful. I felt like I never stopped writing and the writing did not come very quickly. This year I had a lot more to say and a more creative way to say it, so I think that really helped.
In total, I wrote for a little over 47 hours in the month of November. That's a little more than one week of full-time work. I'm sure that last year that hour total was double that. Perhaps there is something to say about "getting in the practice of writing" like all those professors said.