Personally, I think that one of the best things about NaNoWriMo is the community of support and encouragement that it fosters for new writers. Many established authors participate, and even give motivational talks for the lesser-known participants. If you have a dream to write, but never had the get-up-and-go, NaNoWriMo is for you. If you are still unsure, then check this out: A friend of mine, Nick Durbridge, happens to be participating this year and, as an added bonus, is blogging about his experience as he goes. It's a daily journal of what it's like to write a short novel with a deadline, and it gives you a wonderful and entertaining look at the inner workings of the actual production of a book. You can find his blog here to read along with his adventures, and support beginning authors! After all, everyone starts somewhere.