NanoWriMo is, of course, National Novel Writing month. I have created an account and twice, failed miserably. What you have to do is write 50,000 words in the month of November. This means around 1,700 words a day which isn't a ridiculous number BUT you do have to do it every day and if not, you have to get some extra in, if writing is impossible some days.
Confession: I get around the 25,000 word mark, I get behind, I give up. There are all kinds of motivational aids, on-line forums, a graph to record your progress, etc. The problem is I don't just want 50,000 words so I can say I 'won', I want those words to make sense and by 25,000 words, I am seriously losing my grip on the story.
I decided to see where last year's effort went off the rails. Confession: I didn't outline or plan but just sat down and started writing. There are people who this works for and although I would like to think I'm one, I'm not. My Prologue went on for 12 pages or around 3,ooo words. It introduced 13 characters and had trucks firing up to start the day all over town. Yikes. Today, I started to organize the work, including some kind of structure and gasp, outline. I blush to think I read this to my writers' group and expected, if not accolades, well, compliments. Parts of the 25,000 words are well written but that's far from enough to create a novel. I'll have to reign in the impatience and work really hard. Even then I may have to discard everything.
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.