Writing isn't writing if there are no words. You can hash out scenes in your head all day. Devise clever plot twists that will keep your readers engaged until the sun goes down. Practice dialog in the mirror. But if it never get on a page--you're not a writer. You're a dreamer.
So NaMoWriMo (Nation Novel Writing Month) is a way for writers to be writers--if at no other time than during the month of November. For me I use it to get ahead. I meet with a fabulous group of ladies for critiques. They have made me a better writer, and while I am a seat-of-the-pants writer--outlines give me hives--I am not a good last minute writer. I have to get the words down and leave them for a while. Only then can I: see errors I missed, find better ways of phrasing things to tighten my pros, and put in foreshadowing of events to come (which I didn't know where coming until I wrote them in later chapters.)
In NaMo I get the words down. Then I can go back to the beginning and fix, edit, and add before I send to my Fab-Four, while not feeling the stress of getting it done by tomorrow.
So how am I doing this year? I haven't written everyday, but I'm at the word count to be on track. I finished the last chapters of one novel, and am about to tie up the last chapters in another. And by this weekend, I'll start a new novel. Historical fiction. Love the research, but have to say it is easier to make stuff up.
Are you doing NaMo? How do you set and meet goals in your writing? What drives you?