I never have before--couldn't justify the time--but heck, I seem to be at least part a writer these days, so I might as well try it. Nurk only took me about three weeks, so I know I can beat out something worthwhile in a month. (Granted, Nurk is only around 20K, a very short chapter book, but still.) This may not be worthwhile, but I believe firmly that nothing is ever wasted, and having the bare bones of even a very rough novel at the end of the month wouldn't be a bad thing.
I would not be doing it with Elf vs. Orc. I know, people may be disappointed, but I like how that's going, and if it turns out that forcing myself to write a novel in a month is a soul-killing muse-destroying experience, I would rather not do it on something I cared about. Also, you're supposed to start fresh on this thing, right?
So I'm starting--not quite fresh, I confess--but with a few hundred words. Namely, my notes about the Dour Brotherhood of Quantitative Sorrow--basically the expanded image description from the painting, about the guy getting kicked out of the brotherhood. It's not something I've done much of anything with, I don't have a plot or anything else, I've just got a strange guy with a bird on his head. Hopefully that falls under acceptable prep. (If not, screw it, I'm doin' it anyway.)
We'll see if that goes anywhere.
Heck, we'll see if I can get the NaNoWriMo page to even load...