NaNoWriMo is long over, and I've stalled halfway through the research I need to complete before I do my first round of revisions. For the most part it's simply because I've been too busy and the novel was one of the first things to get left by the wayside, but I'm trying to rein in my out-of-control schedule now so that I can once again devote some time to researching and revising my novel.
A recent post on a blog I follow provided some motivation. Jessica Burkhart is the author of the Canterwood Crest series for horse-crazy tween girls, but she's also a wrimo (what NaNoWriMo participants are usually called around the site and forums). Here you can read about how she wrote the first book of the series as a NaNo novel.
I understand what she means about a first draft being "ugly" after NaNoWriMo is over! I feel like my novel has good bones -- I think I successfully captured the story and the general feel that was in my head -- but I also feel like I need to research certain details and develop certain aspects of the story a little more.
I don't necessarily want the same sort of success Jessica Burkhart found -- I'm less interested in traditional publishing, and leaning more toward digital self-publishing -- but I still find her story encouraging!