I tried. I really, really tried.
But I think I found the key to the whole thing.
See -- last year when I did NaNoWriMo, I had other people in my immediate circle doing it, too. I could check their stats and see that they were creeping up on the big lead I created early on, so I would write more.
After week 2 when I hit the wall, I could check stats and see I was completely caught-up to and passed by friends. So I really had to write more.
This year it was just me. Only me. No other stats to check, no nagging voice in the back of my head saying, "open it. type. every little bit helps."
This year I was looking for big blocks of time to write big blocks of text.
I found one such block over Thansgiving -- I knocked out 5,000 words in just over two hours one evening. I did a thousand more the night before that.
But, when added to the 7,500 words I had prior to that, I only manged a total of 13,684 words for all of November.
So I've got the first quarter of a story here... I dunno when I'll finish it, but I need to figure something out before October of next year cuz I don't want this one to be on my mind when it comes time to start up a new one.
Hopefully next year my peeps will be back in action. I really hope so, cuz while I'm not really bummed out, I do miss the feeling I had last year when I actually managed to write a novel.