NaNoWriMo is over, and I'm not depressed, but there is a little sadness that the giggly mad rush has ended. There will be a final party, and everything gets put away until next November. To be fair, my novel isn't completely done, and I will continue to correspond with and/or see many of the other NaNoWriMos, so it isn't as if the circus has left town and won't be back for a year. But November, and all that goes with it, is over.
grrlpup described NaNo like a big group running across a field with everyone holding hands, and it is rather like that. Writing is usually such a solitary thing for me, it's a pleasant change to have it be so social and supportive, and to be a part of such a huge event. I could join up with other online writing communities, but I haven't decided to yet. Doing NaNo just once a year makes it seem more special.
There's been discussion about why is NaNo in November, and shouldn't it be a different month, but I think this is the perfect time for it. It's over, but the Holiday Season is upon us! Those who miss the hours and hours at the keyboard can throw their energy into preparing for the festivities. And isn't it the perfect time to pay attention to all those non-novelist friends and family members who've been mostly ignored for the last four week?
Yeah, I think so too.