To crazdwriter, I know that you are going to attempt to write a novel starting nov 1st. I don't know if its cheating or not but could you draw up your outline now or do you have to do everything starting nov 1st?
It is only cheating if you start writing it now. lol you acn have an outline, a character tree if you want...all of that can be written up frst...even a scene you see somewhere in the book can be written up. you just start writing the novel novel on Nov. 1st.
I know for dam sure that I couldn't write a novel in 30 days, shoot I would have to do ten pages a day to even consider it. Mine have been taken three years so far. Of course I don't work on them much though. The story somehow stays fresh in my mind though. Anyway, I wish you luck and perseverence on the first.