In 2010, I finished my first Nanowrimo project – a precursor to the Orana Chronicles – that started me on this insane journey as a writer, and I haven’t looked back since. In fact, the Orana Chronicles, Proud Racer: An American Greyhound in Yorkshire, and the upcoming Arcstone and Baskervilles series are all Nano projects. I always emerge from Nano months re-energized and back in love with writing.
Also, check out the Nanowrimo Young Writers Program!
From their website: Our Young Writers Program supports under-18 writers and K-12 educators as they participate in our flagship event each November, and take part in smaller writing challenges year-round.