I heard about NaNoWriMo last year, it seemed intriguing but with exams, papers, and bar fitness applications I filed it in the back of my mind as a someday project. Now I am busy but not busy in the I might fail law school if I do this way- so I'm in!
NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and the goal is to crank out a 50,000 word novel by November 30th. The theory goes that if you force yourself to write 1,500-2,000 words daily you will be writing so fast you won't have time to let your inner editor run free shrieking in disapproval because you are too busy writing. NaNoWriMo-ians believe that this fast paced unedited writing will bring out creativity and freshness of ideas and actually help you complete the novel. In December you can revise and improve but November is all about output. TONS of people sign up and do this, in my city at 900 or so were signed up at last check. Its actually one of the motivations for nano. My city's Nanowrimo-ians had a kick off party, meet for write-ins, maintain message boards on writing. I need 50K to finish my novel's first draft so this will hopefully be my kick to finish.
If you're thinking of the novel you should have written, why not carpe diem and sign up and start writing? Its' not too late!