Why do I torture myself like this? So glad you asked.
1. I’m competitive by nature, so once I’ve decided to do it, I won’t quit until I reach my 50,000 words.
2. Writing under the pressure of a deadline forces me to turn off my internal editor and just write. I really, really need that.
3. It gives me the excuse to ignore distractions and focus on my writing. And it helps that so many of my friends are doing the same thing.
4. It’s inspiring. I love pushing my limits, and always come out of the month with a fresh sense of what I can accomplish.
Yes, November is one of the worst months anyone could choose (is the founder from Canada or something?).
Yes, I’ll be writing a pile of crap (but Anne Lamott would approve).
Yes, for 30 days I’ll ignore my family, turn down social engagements, forget to shower, let the dog fend for herself, run out of clean clothes, and make frozen dinners every night (okay, I might make a decent dinner once or twice).
But at the end I come out with 50K shiny new words and the feeling that I can do anything I set my mind to. Even if it only happens once a year, that’s priceless.
How about it? Are you up for the NaNo challenge this year?