Everywhere you go, people will tell you NaNoWriMo is writing 50,000 words in a month. In fact, I said just such a thing on this blog.
Well, I now beg to disagree. There's something else to it.
NaNoWriMo is the art of finding time where there is none.
Yes, NaNo participants will take that time and use it to write a novel. The 50,000-words draft that comes out of this month of madness is not the only miracle that happens during November, however. There is another one, more precious in my opinion.
The realization that we have more time on our hands than we thought.
It is amazing what you can do with a tiny 15 minutes. What is also amazing is the amount of time we waste every day. Of course, we can't spend our entire life grasping for every quarter of hour we can find. Doing it for a month is exhausting enough!
NaNoWriMo taught me that while procrastinating is fun, it doesn't compare to the satisfaction of a day well spent. When you got all your chores done and you can just sit back, relax, and tell yourself you've been a good girl.
When December hits and you stop writing, try to remember what you learned this month. You have more time than you believe. You can get things done.
And now, Wrimos, stop procrastinating, and go back to your writing!