Sunday, October 28, 2012
Why Anyone (and Everyone) Should Do NaNoWriMo
NaNoWriMo is incredibly hard. You have to juggle work (or school), chores, familial obligations, particularly involving holidays focused on eating pies and roasted birds, and managing your time well enough to spend however long it takes you to write something each day. Additionally, the weather’s not very good, and who loves watching the latest season of Doctor Who? Okay, I’ve never seen it, but that’s not the point. Anyway, however hard it may be, it’s totally worth it.
Reasons why you should do NaNoWriMo:
1. It’s a great way to be creative after a long day. Sure, most of what you write isn’t great, but that’s not the point. Anything great you write in November is just a bonus.
2. You’ll be joining thousands of people who are trying to write in this month.
3. You can meet lots of new people online, and in real life, which can make you seem less loner-like, if you currently seem like a loner
4. It’s a fun way to try something new without actually being athletic.
5. The phrase “I’m writing a novel” will instantly make all of your friends feel like you’re either crazy or insanely impressive; either works, by the way.
6. You have a way to skip parties you don’t care about and hours of your family talking to you too loudly all at once, by giving them . . . the perfect excuse.
7. If you win, you get to brag about it for the rest of the year.
8. People are really nice, and they understand like nobody else how hard it is to cram 10,000 words on the last day, and someone will cheer for you whether or not you win, I hope
9. Because I will be involved. Also, the idea is really challenging, but it’s about adapting, and making do with imperfection, and having fun. I guarantee that, at least, even if you don’t finish.
10. Authority has promised free shrimp dinners; what’s not to love? If you are allergic to seafood, then sorry. Never mind.
Right now I’m overcome with the awesomeness of NaNo. If you do choose to participate, which you can at any time, make sure you stock up on chocolate. Here’s to a month of writing dangerously!