Your comments yesterday were so helpful, insightful, thought-provoking, and, yes, inspiring.
I've never done NaNo, so my questions were borne from an honest desire to learn what "cooks" inside you when you do this. It's fascinating to read your different approaches; some outline, some would rather cut their arms off than outline. Some crave the imposed deadline, some just write and let the word count average itself out each week. Some have gone on to edit the results into a workable novel, others haven't.
Lots to think about! Thank you for your responses. Lots of nice, juicy, long-winded ones thrown in there. Gotta love that.
And on the "how you all inspire me" note, here's what I'm working on (thanks to Luc):
I really do like the "let's do a whole chapter for one reader at a time" concept. If it's done sparingly, it'll work. So I've set up a board on RallyStorm by invitation only. I'm thinking, if you want to include your first chapter at some point, you send me an email asking for an invitation. And as long as you're not some scary creature posing as an aspiring author, I'll let you in.
Once you're "in," your chapter will be "thrown in the pot" whenever I choose one at random (as in, names in a hat sort of thing). You won't have to "resubmit" your chapter if you do major edits before getting a turn, either, because I won't ask for the actual chapter until your "number" is drawn.
How does this sound? Could you give me some feedback before we actually go live?
Many humble thanks!