I stumbled upon something called NaNoPlanMo (a.k.a. National Novel Planning Month), which takes place from September to October. According to the guidelines, participants are expected to spend 30 hours planning the novel they will write in November. I suppose these 30 hours could be spent on brainstorming, outlining, plotting, character development, and research. You're not supposed to start writing the book yet during this time. I'm still not sure if I will do NaNoPlanMo. If any of you have done this before, I'd like to hear your thoughts on it.
Are any of you planning to do NaNoPlanMo and/or NaNoWriMo this year?
For those of you who have done NaNoWriMo before, how did you prepare for this month-long event?