I first heard of the idea on Gretchen Rubin's blog www.gretchenrubin.com She is the author of The Happiness Project which got me blogging.
'A little crazy, and a lot of fun' is how the idea is described on www.nanowrimo.org and the introduction of Chris Baty's book No Plot? No Problem! certainly had me laughing. You can read some of it on Amazon. It's an amazing internet age story of how a bit of a joke with 21 people trying to write a 50,000 word novel in a month became an event with 25,000 people taking part in 30 countries.
Will it simplify my life? I hear you ask. Hmm....I think it probably comes under the heading of simply live rather than live simply..