What's interesting is the feeling now that I can do that. I can do it. If I can do that, then I can edit it to perfection and hopefully send it out for the next test: does anyone want to publish it. From my writer acquaintances I know that selling your novel can be difficult, but not impossible.
In my case, I know I can edit and polish the book. I've done that for years as a technical writer. I know there will be some surprises, but there were surprises when I wrote the draft. For instance, I didn't know Charlie would nearly drown because he couldn't swim. I didn't know about the secret tunnel, or that I would gain new friends by meeting adversity. Once I got going, I just went whoosh! If I did it once, I can do it again.
If you think you'd like to try it next year, go to the NaNoWriMo web site and check out the rules. Then next November, let the fingers fly. I expect to do it again next year. See you there.