I have been participating in NaNoWriMo for a couple of years and wet to NaNo-Summer-Camp last year and this year in June. Nearly every time, I won. I loved the exhilaration of chasing words and getting the first draft on paper, and I liked the prospect of revision (my favorite part of writing novels). So I took up the challenge again this August, although I'm currently not writing anything new but translating my backlist from German into English.
I thought it would be easy to win because I usually get many words per day out of translating. Wrong. First, I was ill, then my PC was hit by a virus. It took me days to figure out how to get rid of it. Of course, I was frustrated but last night, I had a revelation. I looked at my overall wordcount this year (more than 220 000 words so far with one more 90K novel to translate before November) and realized I had never written so much in a single year. Also, my August NaNo-Camp count isn't too bad either, slightly below 40K with 5 more days to go.
I could still make it if I wanted to. But I'll take it slow instead. I'll enjoy the last few holidays with my kids and see that we have all the necessary books for school. There are some things that are more important than writing, no matter how urgently I need to make a living out of my passion.
That said, I got the preliminary sketch of the cover of my next release (a Fantasy with Scottish setting and loads of mythical creatures from my favorite country). I won't post it here (yet) but I'll make a proper cover reveal when I get the final art some time in September. I'm soooo looking forward to it.
Enjoy the rest of the summer,