Why Bother with NaNoWriMo?
The best way to tank NaNoWriMo is to sit on the sidelines and complain—50,000 words is too much / too little / I don’t need a deadline / I already have too many deadlines. You don’t have to do it. Nobody has to. And even if you do, no one has to know the outcome. But don’t knock a writing experiment until you try it. I had all the usual reservations you can read about in any other post, but I showed up anyway to get my licks and challenge my expectations.
What’s the Worst That Could Happen?
You invest 30 days into your writing and nothing productive comes of it. Now you’ll have 30 days more experience with what not to do and more scathing comments for future NaNoWriMo blog posts. It’ll feel great to be right. But it’ll feel better to have tried and challenged yourself. I know if I stop challenging myself, my prose will suffer. The best reason to spend November on NaNoWriMo is to learn more about yourself, regardless of how much you already think you know.