For the record, I wrote over 10K words in the last two days. Things began building towards the final climax. The plot was working. Melodrama shifted up into high gear. I had to wear eye protection because there were so many loose ends flying around at once.
Then I reached the end. Events were wrapped up. A handful of characters were even dead. But the story, the foundation, had reached its natural conclusion. And I was just over a thousand words short of 50K. Damn. So there was some desperate padding going on at the end. (If I did turn this into a novel, there are lots of places to expand during a rewrite. I just should've expanded a little on this run through, it turns out.)
Sure NaNoWriMo is a self-imposed deadline. Sure, all by itself, it's rather pointless. But NaNoWriMo is about writing practice. It's about getting words out. It's about discipline at the keyboard.
And it's also about fun. It was another year where, if nothing else, I had a darn good time writing and commiserating with fellow NaNoers. Even if this novel never goes anywhere beyond my hard drive, I can say I had good fun getting some writing practice. :D