Forgot to mention this before, but sorry, not this time around, gang. No NaNoWriMo for me. I'm neck-deep in Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned, and am letting that stand as my current project. I still wish everyone out there who is taking the plunge this time around the very best of luck, though, including my fine friend Scott.
I haven't done NaNo in quite some time, and in truth I do miss it. I like the jolt you get from knowing you have no choice but to produce. Even a self-guided competition is still a competition; even an informal agreement is still an agreement.
NaNo has helped me produce at least one thing I am immensely proud of, Summerworld. I was shocked at how quickly I was able to produce that story once I gave myself no choice but to write it, and I finished and edited the book over the next few months. Vajra went on for two years and change, but I suspect that would have been the case even if I had launched it as a NaNo project; 50K words would have barely gotten me bootstrapped with it.
The initial boost has, now that I think about it, never really been the problem. I have more ideas than I know what to do with, and more ways to get the ball rolling than seem fair. The hard part is figuring out which ones to do justice to, and how to realize them as completely and properly as I can.