If you are not participating in NaNoWriMo this month, I challenge you to what I call an empathy project. :) I challenge you to write a 10,000 word short story between today and the 30th of this month. This is easier than NaNoWriMo in two ways: The total word count is less, and the daily target is lower. Like with NaNoWriMo, you can spread your work out evenly among the available days, or do more work on some days than on others. You can even try to write it all in one day (some people reach 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo in one day).
Why is this an "empathy" project? Because if you make a serious effort to do it, and if you've never written (or made a serious effort to write) a novel before, you will soon get a feel for what it's like and you will gain some writer empathy for those of us tackling the larger NaNoWriMo challenge!