Hi Kelly Sue! I've had a novel floating in my head since I was 18 (26 now) and after 8 years of research, "research", outlining and "outlining", I've set Nov. 1st as my personal deadline for starting. Can you wish me luck/give me advice/give me hell if I don't commit? (P.S. I've written other stuff between then and now, just to be clear.)
The first step to finishing is to start.
I don’t think you should start November 1st, though. I think you should start today. You’ve got 8 years of research and an outline? What are you waiting for? Afraid you’re going to get docked points for NaNoWriMo (NaNoMo? WTFever.)