I just read a column on Salon where the columnist basically trashes the idea of NaNoWriMo. I have never participated myself, but I know several of you in the Typosphere regularly do. The column can be fund here –

http://www.salon.com/books/writing/index.html?story=/books/laura_miller/2010/11/02/nanowrimo

Read the article, then check out the comments. Priceless! The first few negative ones were the best, really taking her to task for her Holier-than-thou attitude. Enjoy.