Experiment on a New Work
What is 30 days of your life?
If you live to average life expectancy, you have 78.8 years on this earth, according to the CDC. (And some say the next generation will live to be much older.) Let’s round up and say you have 79, which means you have 28,835 days on earth. NaNoWriMo lasts for 30 days. 30 days of 28,835 is less than 1% of your life. Is that too much time to spend writing a novel? And that were if you spent every second of those 30 days writing.
NaNoWriMo doesn’t ask for your every waking moment of November–although it can easily become that obsession as you eat, breathe, and sleep writing your novel. It does ask for a big chunk of time in what may be a frantic life. But what does this have to do with reason #4: experiment?
Well, in my experience, experimenting can be a costly business. It’s a gamble, after all. And who wants to was time and effort on a gamble? You fear wasting time, effort, money, brainpower–whatever it is. But 1% of your life is not that much. 30 days are not much time to “waste” experimenting. With the course of NaNo spanning only 1% of your life, what is holding you back from experimenting? Indeed, the true waste of time is not writing at all.
So what are you waiting for? Get over there and sign up!