One of the benefits of NaNoWriMo is supposed to be that you will develop good writing habits that will carry on long after it's over. That happened my first time, in 2010. I wrote early each day, faithfully, and after it was over wrote 1-2 Flash Fiction a week. However, it was downhill from there. This year, my NaNoWriting was often late at night, crammed in before the midnight cut-off. I did get finished, but found it a struggle.
Maybe it was the topic itself - a portal story between 'here' and a Medieval England sort of world. My heroine. Mary, was a biathlete, world traveller, and writer, until a blown knee forced her retirement. She married a nice guy, moved into a fancy house in a trendy neighbourhood, and had a beautiful baby boy. She has it all, and is bored and misses her life of adventure. She can't even get going on her adventure books - she has nothing to write about.And feels guilty for not embracing motherhood and suburbia like everyone is supposed to. Then her child crawls through a portal into another world and is lost. What follows is her quest for her son, and her discovery of another world, great friends, and lots of adventure and romance. Oh - and magic.