Because I am neither superhuman nor magical, feeling powerless is an occasional and unfortunate fact of life. … But this is why I love NaNoWriMo. As a writer, I am the master of my domain. … In addition to having full control over every event in my story, there is the added benefit of deciding where and to whom these things happen. … At last, my say-so is the only one that matters!
(from the NaNoWriMo newsletter)