I'm not doing NaNoWriMo this year. I "won" a few years ago. Still haven't finished revising that novel.
One of the best parts of doing NaNo was participating in chats and message boards with other writers. I loved the local challenges. In Maryland, we had to work a crab into our book. When you're stuck, having to "think outside the box" -- or get out of your own head -- and include a random object or idea can be just the trick to get the words flowing.
For all my writing-marathoner friends, here is a random writing prompt. Try working this into your novel -- either as a plot element, or just an odd detail.
Mr. Poems spotted this bell commuting on Route 95, here in Maryland, yesterday. If you use the bell, leave a comment with some details.
I'm cheering you on from the sidelines!