A few people I know shun NanoWriMo and instead go for NaBloPoMo. The idea of that is that you post a blog entry each day. This is why I've been posting an entry every day (Those who missed one - that was a rant about work which is friends locked).
I hate to be smug, but it's a lot easier to do than 1667 words of novel per day.
The other one was NaNoWriMo rebellion. Didn't really have a desire to spend lots of time writing. Part of it was becoming fixated with my new toy (A PS3 - only been out about 9 years so that's how ahead of the curve I am!) but I do want an excuse to improve drawing.
The reasoning behind it was this - I'm not very good at drawing.
Let me tell you about "shitty_watercolour". On reddit.com, a poster set up an account with username "shitty_watercolour", where he'd paint a watercolour and post a link to it. This is his early work. There's actually a lot of dynamism and action there but in pure technical terms it's pretty rubbish. That was 2012. This is his work in 2015. He's actually pretty good these days.
So it's all about practice. A couple of pictures a day and I get to experiment a lot with expressions, poses and props. I still haven't worked out an era. I don't have a plot either, but I do have things happening one after the other o I guess that's story. Lots of exciting things happen in it. Just for no apparent reason. I'm tempted to go for retrofuturistic sci-fi with these characters.