My answer is always the same: “Why wouldn’t you?”
Only one of the dozens of people responded after my smart-ass retort. Granted, their response was what most people respond with, one of being too busy. I can understand being too busy and overwhelmed. I’m still not sure how I’ll manage to compete with school, work, writing articles for game reviews, app reviews, the novel for nanowrimo, and the other projects going on as well as help out with family matters around Thanksgiving…let alone all the other happiness that pops up.
It helps to have a bit of insanity in you to make it through chaos with a clear head.
No one can tell you to do anything you don’t want to do, ever. Anyone who says they can or will, is a bully, or has more control over you than you allow them. Knock it off and do what you want.
The reason I enjoy doing it – and this is just my reason – it to finish the manuscript. Even if it sucks, the manuscript, that is, the feeling of completing nanowrimo is one of sheer undulation and unbridled bliss. Imagine the endorphin rage pumping through your veins after a close call when you slam on the brakes and come inches away from someone’s bumper… same feeling, except this time you didn’t almost destroy something, you created art. You used imagination, creativity, talent, and skill to craft a painting of words describing a storytelling masterpiece birthed from your own subconscious.
Why wouldn’t you want that? Why wouldn’t I want everyone to feel the same rush? It’s intoxicating and orgasmic without the mess.
Should you do it? Yes. Do you have to? Of course not.
Will you? That’s up to you.
If you do, add me as a friend on Nanowrimo.com and we can track each other’s progress: drchristallant.