One of the things they discussed was the traveling shovel of death.
People rushing to make their plots work sometimes run into the sort of difficulty that smashing a character in the head with a nondescript shovel can solve.
I am not going to tidy the stuff below up. The very rough notes below are what I wrote while listening to the talk.
NANOWRIMO's Chris Baty talks about the event
The main Problem creating a work of art is "Not a lack of talent but a lack of a deadline".
"Let your creativity fly"
"Up to 10 New York Times bestsellers; including "Water for Elephants", "Night Circus"
"I don't have the time, the talent, ..."
"Nobody has the time to write a novel, but everybody can find the time. [working on nanowrimo]...Makes reading books more interesting."
"If you've got a million things to do, then 1,000,001 isn't that big a deal. If you've got nothing to do, then one thing is a big investment."
nuts & bolts of doing Nanowrimo:
Writing totems, hats and dragons - toys or mascots to motivate you. What can I carve?
Doug Tiffin – Get the beginning, middle and end in 30 days, not a finished novel. But be sure to get an ending. Have gaps but include an end.
What is better, "Plotting v Pantsing"?
By the seat of your pants. I don't know which is better.... find a middle ground.
Start out each day by planning what will happen in this one writing session.
I like having a set of story peaks or events so I can work at different locations in the story if the story stops in one area, I can continue in another area.
Avoid oily snacks - don't mess up the keyboard
Carrots or celery and coffee.
Writing challenge - you can't go to the bathroom until you write 1000 words.
best advice for 1st time participant: "Know that you can do this. There is a great distance between where the book is now and where it will be."
plot bunnies - Plot ideas can breed like rabbits until you have more idea than story.