I don't know if I can just wait around for inspiration, though. I want to make sure that I have enough time to plan so that I don't just jump in with nothing but a handful of characters and a one-line plot summary. I need some real meat here, something that will take 30 days to fully explore.
I'm trying to get some ideas for my theme. The lovely people in the Literary Fiction genre lounge on the NaNoWriMo forums gave me some advice on how to start: They all agreed that characters were the driving force behind any lit fic novel, but one poster also encouraged me to start out with a theme. That way, my characters could be formulated in such a way that they would be reflections of that theme (this poster used Dostoevsky as an example, which ave me a better idea of how to approach this whole thing).
Anyway, in between exams and papers and stats assignments, I will devote a little mental energy to what themes I wish to examine in this novel. From there, I'll gather a cast of characters who will best exemplify those themes through their actions, histories, and personalities.
So here's hoping that my next post will include some glimmer of hope, or an all-out revelation.