...or maybe that's just me when I see a deadline looming. We all react differently. Now, I didn't participate in Nanowrimo; it's always Nanowrimo at my house, and to avoid wear and tear on the Machete Squad, I'm usually rotating two to four projects at any one time, allowing me to deliver them the next segment for review in a convenient 10,000 to 30,000 word chunk, rather than dropping a complete unedited novel on them every few months. But I respect the people who decide to find out first-hand how difficult it is to write a single full-length work. And in honor of your efforts, here are some links you might find helpful.
First off, here are my fifty thoughts on writing, many of which have been turned into essays. Some of them may strike you as useful. And if you're really morbidly curious, here are fifty more thoughts on writing, bringing it to an even hundred. I am not currently planning to turn the second set into essays. That way lies madness.
Now that you're living in Writerland, you may want to reference this handy phrasebook to help you get around. If you've been here before, this more advanced phrasebook may be what you're looking for.
And of course, wear sunscreen, and do research. (I don't care if "Sunscreen" parodies are no longer cool. I am not fixated on cool.)