I signed up with Nanowrimo again this year. If you haven't heard about it, go here. If you're participating, and you'd like to add me a friend (I heart friends!), go here.
The beautiful thing about Nano is the freedom it gives writers to silence their inner editors. I tend to draft slowly and revise continually, so my inner editor is never silent. For me, this is the very best thing about Nano.
BONUS: The support and community! I ran into my neighbor, Marta, at a Nano write-in a few years ago, and I might never have known that she was such a talented, inspired and inspiring writer if not for Nano! I've also joined up with a bloggy friend, Andrea, who's organized a Nano group here.
I've met a number of writers who pull a face when I mention Nano. Why? I think maybe because lots of folks who participate in Nano may only write during November as opposed to all year long. And the nature of Nano is to focus on quantity, not quality. It may be counterintuitive for many writers, including myself. But it's also quite liberating.
In the spirit of literary liberation, I'd like to post one of my favorite poems by Shel Silverstein.