|Drowning in it, but still having fun|
Funny, but ironic. Successful authors need to write more than one book. If you're under contract with a publisher, you may be expected to write between one and four books a year. Subtract time for research, editing, and a day job or two, and writing a book in about a month starts to sound reasonable.
As a college student I learned how to identify "good" writing. As a graduate student I learned more about "effective" writing. But how to actually sit down and write? The myth of a writer is that she has time for Inspiration and her goth sister Navel Gazing, and that you can all spend long hours looking out the window together, waiting for the words to come. It's great work if you can get it.
In October and November the writing blogs are filled with excellent articles on organization, plot structure, and mapping techniques. Writers with real lives and successful writing careers talk about how they manage it. There are pep talks, twitter feeds, forums, and books about writing are discounted or offered for free on line. The resources are as pragmatic as you need them to be, and since there's a deadline, you'll use them.
Every writing book I've ever read says that to become a writer, you need to actually write. NaNoWriMo helps hundreds of thousands of writers accomplish that each November. It also helps us deal with the world of deadlines and contracts, and that's no joke.