Time for some pep talks for anyone who, like me, has bogged down in their writing and needs some pick-me-ups. (I've got 21,152 out of 25,000 words. That's 3,848 more words to write by the end of today in order to catch up. And I work this evening.)
Since I don't have time to write much for you here if I'm going to clear much of that, I'm going to share links to some of my favorite pep talks on the NaNo site from both this year and past years. (They save all the talks.)
Mercedes Lackey's talk on the value of fanfiction for honing craft.
John Greene's talk on perseverance.
Aimee Bender's talk on experimenting with tangents that could lead to something better than what you'd planned.
Piers Anthony's talk on getting started even when all you have is a wispy daydream. (very funny, much like his Xanth novels)
Lynda Barry's talk on how hand writing your story can be an asset.
Meg Cabot's talk on not giving up on your battered WIP for Shiny-New-Idea.
Brian Jacques' talk on building that spark for others. I especially like the last paragraph.
That's all for now, but if you want to read more of these talks, check out this year's here and archived years over here. They've gathered an interesting group of writers to write the talks from most of the genres from what I can tell. Have a look even if you aren't a Wrimo. You may find something of particular interest to you.