What I like about NaNoWriMo is the quick and dirty deadline that's randomly imposed. 50,000 words. 30 days. That's it. You either do it or you don't.
And even if I don't, I've started. And that's HUGE. I'm working on a historical fiction I've been thinking about for years. I've previously envisioned it as a play and a screenplay. I've done a fair amount of research. I even outlined it as a screenplay. But I've never started it.
On November 1, I finally did.
And this is why I do NaNoWriMo.
Even if I don't finish. I've started. And that's HUGE.