I jumped into this year's NaNo without much thought, and sometimes that's a good thing. I made the 50 k mark, just barely, and on the last day. The other two times I won, I finished a day early. This time was a lot harder. I had four no writing days, and three days with less than 1k words, which meant a lot of catching up. And I can't remember how many times I just wanted to quit.
But I haven't been writing much, and doing a lot of writing, even if it's bad writing, helped to get me unstuck. I went right back into the story I had on hold for November, and I'm almost done with it (it's a 20k novella, so it's a big story too).
Previously I had used Spacejock yWriter for NaNo, but this year I found out that Scrivener had a windows trial version out, so I wanted to try it. It has a lot of great features, none of which I had much time to use because I was busy writing. Scrivener came highly recommended as an all-in-one writer's toolbox, and I'll take a deeper look at the features now that I have time.
And the actual story I wrote? Well, it was a re-write of a previous NaNo novel, with big changes at the end of the story. I still don't think it's ready to go, many things about the story need work, and it needs another 20-40k to make it saleable. I'm going to let it sit for awhile.
Congrats to all you other winners out there, and for those that tried, keep writing anyway.