Since this is my first NaNoWriMo, and honestly my first attempt at writing ANY fiction since high school, I don't yet know all the benefits of doing NaNoWriMo. What I can tell you is that already the idea that doing something, even though it's not perfect, has already had a positive effect for me.
I'm a web designer during the day, and what got me started doing it professionally was just me messing around with my own personal web site. Almost since graduating college, my site has been offline because i wanted it to be perfect. Since I was doing web design during the work day every day, my skills were improving and it made me unhappy with my site. It turned into a never ending redesign that eventually I just took down all together because I thought having nothing up there was better then what I had. So it's been offline at least for the last 4 to 5 years.
Recently I've really wanted to get it going again and had the whole design basically done and just needed to start adding things. But again, I didn't want to turn it on to the world until I had lots of stuff up there and everything was perfect.
After finding NaNoWriMo, I realized that I'd rather have what I've done so far visible to the world, and build on it to make it better. Why wait endlessly for time to finish every possible idea I've had when that time may never come?
So I did it! I finished up some of the bare necessities in the last couple night and have put it online! It's basically just a blog right now, but I made a category for NaNoWriMo and am going to journal my progress throughout the month.
I'm sure there are going to be a lot more benefits from this endeavor, but I'm already liking what i'm seeing! If you feel like checking out my journal you can visit www.cyberbobcity.com.
When December comes, hopefully I'll not only have my first novel, but a diary of my experiences writing it!----------