I have found that the people who hate NaNoWriMo are petty, little people who are struggling with jealousy in the worst way.
Now, I'm not talking about people who have no interest in NaNoWriMo or don't think it will fit their writing style. Those individuals generally don't insult the people who do like NaNoWriMo. They have simply come to the conclusion that it is not for them. Perfectly fine. Perfectly rational.
But for those who argue the event is a waste of time, or that it's some sort of vanity project, or that it's stupid, the consistent trait among those hateful persons is that they are jealous.
Why be jealous? Is it because you don't think you can do it?
Well, I have an idea. Next year, in November, let me know. And we'll accept you with wide open arms. To do what? To write. Why not try it?
You'll be surprised that you will have something to say in the world of writing. That you will be able to write a novel. And, when the end of the month rolls around, whether you have written 50k words or maybe even less, you'll have found that NaNoWriMo has been something you never expected it to be; an important part of your life.
Kevin Smith talked about how the world was filled with "Why?" and that you need to surround yourself with people who will say, "Why not?"
If you find yourself questioning why someone would do NaNoWriMo, it's time to take a step back and really ask yourself why you're not supporting this or the person. Is it personal bias? Do you really support the arts?
Instead of, "Why are you doing NaNoWriMo? That's stupid." it should be "Why not give it a go?"
I'll be the one asking, "Why not?" at every turn, even if you've called me stupid for my love of National Novel Writing Month.