If people — by which I mean a handful of published authors — would stop insisting that the only valuable byproduct of NaNoWriMo is that you’ve written a metric ton of words at the end of 30 days.
Guys. There are lots of reasons to participate. It’s not just the winning. It’s not even always about the finishing. It’s killing your fear of the blank page — at least it was for me. It’s something else for other people. I’ll say it again: there are lots of reasons to participate! Can we not perpetuate the convenient myth that every participant is in it to flood agents and publishers with horrific, unedited dreck come December 1? Are the endless, cyclical spats about NaNo and the shaming of its participants really that much more fun than supporting people who are trying their hand at something they love?
Dear writers of the world who don’t care for NaNo: You are not being threatened. Your craft is safe. The Art of Writing is big enough for all of us!
All of which is to say Enjoy yourselves and kick some ass, NaNoWriMo 2011!
End rantlet. Bring it, midnight.