National Novel Writing Month is quite the experience, and I encourage everyone who wants to be a writer to give it a shot. I've done it for seven years, and have completed it each time. As a result, I now have six first drafts that are completed (or nearly completed - and in case you were wondering, I wrote the first half of one novel one year, and the second half the next). I've even submitted a couple of my edited works to publishers, but sadly, have yet to be published.
I will not be participating this year, though. For reasons I won't go into here, I don't really feel the writing bug this time around. Maybe next year.
Edit: I *Sigh* I can't precipitate because I'm not 13 years of age...
Of course you can participate! You just won't be a member of the NaNo Web site. Try to write at least 1,667 words per day in November, and let us know about your progress!