One of my favorite bits of writing advice came from one of my college professors who was coaching me through my senior thesis. As we mused about the revision process, he told me that as writers, we are like sculptors - only our job is harder, because before we can begin carving the statue, we first have to build the block of marble.
And for those of us participating in NaNoWriMo, that's what November is all about. This is when we build the block. It might not look pretty, but that's because we haven't gotten to the actual sculpting yet.
It takes a lot of effort to build that block, because the only way to do it is word by word. Each of us is creating a universe, using only our imagination, the keyboard, the blank page. It's a thrilling and frightening experience. And sometimes it's frustrating, because the block is rough and unbalanced and has lots of holes.
But somewhere underneath exists the statue, waiting to be carved out.