Should add that the point behind this all is that it forces you to get that first, often-terrible draft out of your head and onto paper, so that you have something you can revise. Too often, we sit around saying "one day I'll do ____" - NaNoWriMo is the first day of "one day." I've seen it have amazing results for aspiring and struggling writers.
There is also a student program associated with it - the Young Writers' Program. Last year, a group of students at Lowell Scott Middle School wrote over a million words during the month of November. This program allows people under the age of 18 to set a more attainable word-count goal, and comes with a full curriculum for teachers to follow if they choose.
NaNoWriMo is recess for writers - if you love a good story, you should definitely try writing one next month!
Just got back from Year One at Overland Park - it was not, we were surprised to discover, totally irredeemable. Certainly worth the $2. Ridiculous and dumb, but also funny and entertaining. Land of the Lost was entertaining, but waaay dumb. I'd say that Y1 wins on the viewability-by-thinking-adults scale, but not by too much.
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