In 2009, over 160,000 people from all over the world participated. I was one of them. Over 30,000 crossed the 50k finish line. I was one of them. When it was over, I swore I wouldn't do it again. So, why did I sign up for 2010? For me, it's an addiction, that's why. It's almost a challenge.
When I signed up, I envisioned a room full of people, their arms crossed in front of their chests, smirks plastered on their faces saying, "Yeah, sure. You'll never do it."
It's a valid excuse to sit in front of my computer screen and type until it hurts, just so I could say, "Wanna bet?"
There are no prizes, no money, just a really large sense of accomplishment and with any luck, a rough draft for a novel. Probably with a whole bunch of nonsense mixed in, but a rough draft nonetheless. And that, my friends, is a huge step towards publication.
Granted, I haven't even looked at my manuscript from last year, but that's alright. One of these days, that rough draft just may get dusted off and worked on. Until then, I need to start outlining this year's novel.
Have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo? Have you done it? Would you ever attempt it?