Many of my friends are doing NaNoWriMo. http://www.nanowrimo.org/. Each morning when I check in with Facebook (part of my pre-writing day ritual...along with Spider Solitaire if I have story issues) I'm impressed by my friends' dedication. Status updates are filled with figures - word count aims for the day and totals for the previous day. Go you good things!
So why am I not joining the craze? Well, I kind of am, just not officially as commitments from Nov 20 will slow my writing flow. My project is more a NaNoWriTwoAnAHaWe - National Novel Writing Two And A Half Weeks. Each day, I set a figure, and write like crazy intending to complete my work in progress. So far so good. November has resulted in 5,000 words ! 2500 per day, with time out for a Melbourne Cup Lunch - I'm happy.