So. NaNoWriMo has arrived.
And I won't be a part of it.
Trust me when I say I have very boring reasons for skipping out. They make me want to punch them square in the face and laugh when they smack their boo-tays on the floor.
Anyway, I'm skipping out. Against my will. That's why I figured I'd tell you why I think NaNo would be awesome for me. I've narrowed it down to 5 non-boring reasons:
#1 It forces me to write. Every. Day.
I know, I know--you can't force the creative juices. You'll end up with a steaming pile of guano. BUT I'm an exception, my friends. No, I don't end up with roses and pearls for a manuscript, but I do end up working very well under pressure. It's my favorite way to do anything. Bottom line: Whatever I produce is better than not producing at all.
#2 It's my chance to forget about The Rules (for just 30 days...)
The point of NaNo is to come up with 50k words. That's it. They may suck harder than Rob Zombie's movies, but at least it's a book. Or half of it.
#3 Everybody cheers you on.
That sense of sitting at the cool kids' table I've gotten from blogging and critiquing is multiplied a bazillion times through NaNo. No, I've never actually been a part of NaNo, but I've read many testimonials around the blogosphere. I'm always in awe of people who take time to help, and/or root for, strangers.
#4 It takes my mind off very boring things I shall not waste my time discussing.
I think that one explains itself.
#5 Whether or not you "win" by reaching 50k, you started a book.
Writing a book isn't a piece of cake, right? Then you shouldn't downplay your success by going all self-deprecating and shouting, "I didn't make iiiiiit!!!!"
Guess what? The only person who cares if you made it or not is you.
And my advice would be to not care. This isn't a contest, my friend. It's the cool kids' table :D
Tell me: are you doing NaNo this year?