Firstly, NaNoWriMo is kind of populated with people who don't know what they're doing (in terms of getting published, not necessarily writing well). As in, I know I can't query now until at least February, because I don't want to be in the flood of people who do it right after NaNo thinking that quantity = quality. There is a definite uptick in querying in December and January solely because of this November phenomenon. Secondly, I physically cannot write 1,600 words a day, which is the average you need to achieve (roughly) to reach that magic number of 50,000. I can't. I have never written that much for more than two days at a time. Thirdly, I'm in college. Is this explanation enough? There are not enough hours in the day. Also, who wants to write during Thanksgiving? That's when I'm going to be writing my semester thesis, anyway.
But all of this rational thinking clearly went out of my brain, because I am going to sign up anyway. Because believe it or not, it is actually on my list of things to do before I die: participate in NaNoWriMo. I'm going to make it a goal to win too--before I die, I mean. Not this year. HA. I'm hoping for between 25,000 and 30,000 words, and that's a lofty goal. Maybe I should make it part of my schedule to wake up an hour before class to get writing in then? Time will tell. You would be surprised how quickly your priorities change when your alarm clock goes off in the morning (brushing your teeth and putting on real clothes suddenly seem like unnecessary fussing)--but I'm sure all of you know this from personal experience. Morning is not a good bet for anything.
Anyway, I think NaNo is a good thing for people who are aware of the intensive rewriting/editing process to follow once you've obtained your 50,000 words. I would never show a rough draft of an original work to a single soul. Ever. Because I would probably cry in shame. And so would the reader.
So here is my post that was meant to be a post about how I was not participating. I give up. You win, November. You win.