Need motivation to churn out that first draft?
Understand the wisdom that you can't edit a blank page?
Want to know that you're on the journey with thousands - hundreds of thousands - of other writers?*
Then maybe you should participate in National Novel Writing Month!
Keep in mind that this is about creating a messy first draft, and you shouldn't be submitting your just-completed-by-sprinting-to-the-final-scene manuscript to anyone. In fact, consider that the other eleven months of the year might just be called National Novel Revision Months...
Having said that, NaNoWriMo can be powerful motivation.
Good luck, and have fun with writing your novel! If you're in, leave a comment, and let your SCBWI community cheer you on!
*In 2017, there were 402,142 participants in NaNoWriMo!