August 19th, 2006

nanowrimo: sleeping is for december

What if I never found out about Nanowrimo?

I was cleaning off my desk today, and I found this scrap of paper.

What if game
Choose an event, pretend it didn't happen
-play with results

So I'm going to do just that.

What would have happened if I had never discovered Nanowrimo?

Let's set the scene, for those who haven't read my scriptory autobiography a few days back. I was journal hopping one October night in 2002 when I saw a link to Nanowrimo. I clicked to find out what it was all about, and I joined. Nanowrimo changed my life forever.

But what would have happened if I had never found out about Nanowrimo? What if I had lived life without writing novels at breakneck pace every November? What would have happened then? Well, assuming that nobody ever told me about Nanowrimo, let's think forward.

First, I'm very willing to bet that those novels never would have been written--at least not as soon or as quickly as they were. I love deadlines. As Douglas Adams said, "I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by." Deadlines have wonderful magical properties, among them the power that all tasks seem magnified as the deadline looms closer, yet they seem more doable as the time ticks by. After all, you have to finish them sometime.

Second, I wouldn't have made a lot of new friends because of it. Seriously, I met about half of you through Nanowrimo in some form. Then there are the people I've met just on the forums (lots, considering my post count), and people I've convinced to do Nanowrimo, and people I've met through local get-togethers, ... and the list goes on.

I also wrote my college application essay on Nanowrimo, something I obviously couldn't have done if I hadn't heard of Nanowrimo. If this were the case, I probably would have written a generic essay, if such a thing comes from me. (Seriously, I'm the type of person who can write a whole paper about a character who shows up twice in the book, or even on a character who's dead the whole time, and I've done both.)

Finally, where else do you get a lot of crazy fun every November?
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