Once upon a time I thought the concept of writing 50K in 30 days was nonsense and not something I could ever achieve. Then a really good friend introduced her novel to me in our critiquing sessions. While I was still working week to week for the critique group, she had an entire novel drafted to bring. She was working differently to me and I could see the potential.
I tried NaNoWriMo, and now I'm hooked.
Now, I'm an outliner - between a plotter and a pantser - I need to know where we are going and then my imagination just takes over. So I tend to spend October in NaNoWriMo prep as recommended by Alexandra Sokoloff but i also throw in some elements from Karen S. Wiesner's First Draft in 30 days.
It's not just notebooks either - I wrote a futuristic prohibition society without colour or texture in its fabrics - the photo above is detail from the quilt I made in the October before writing that book. In the novel, the heroine has this quilt and in a pivotal scene, she and the military man sent to bring her in end up horizontal on this quilt.
So, do you NaNoWriMo?