Marissa shared that her NYT bestseller CINDER was written as a NaNoWriMo novel. So that should motivate you for sure!
Marissa also matched the donations today with $5000 of her own in order to help fund this massive NaNoWriMo endeavor which has more than 400,000 writers participating, more than 2000 schools which have received Young Writers kits, and more than 1000 libraries. There are actual real meetings with real live people all over the place. You can find meetings and fellow writers near you on the NaNoWriMo website.