I didn't participate this year but I'm cheering all of you who did. And I'm just a teensy bit jealous. Well, okay, I'm a lot jealous. For personal reasons, it wasn't a good time for me. I've seen different viewpoints on how beneficial it is to furiously spew out 50K words in 30 days. I used to wonder myself until I did it. Okay, to be truthful, I've never done it. I only came close a couple times.
But just the same, here's why I think NaNoWriMo is a good idea for writers:
* It's like running up a hill with weighted shoes every day for a month. When you take the weights off, the route seems a lot easier.
* In order to meet the goal, it's essential to ignore the self-editor that makes you keep stopping to fix your work. Or the self-editor that makes you stop working altogether.
* The feeling of accomplishment is incredible. Who cares if it's crap? Who even cares if you are 10K words short? That's what revisions are for.
* The realization that if one can complete a novel in 30 days, then why not one a year?
* You wrote a novel. You are now a writer. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
* All your writing friends are doing it, so might as well join the party instead of sitting on the sidelines feeling left out and jealous of their accomplishments. *laughs nervously* *who me?*
So I applaud all of you who entered and completed NaNoWriMo. Cheers!!! You are much better writers for having done it. At least that's how I see it.