I switched to NaNoGenMo because of similar commitment problems.
- You will probably produce much more than one novel. (I usually produce one during the first half-hour of November 1st just to get it out of the way, and then work on more interesting / complicated projects afterward)
- There’s a pretty active community, with deep and precise discussions of things like structure and themes, because computer generation of long-form narratives that remain interesting to humans over the course of 90+ pages is a hard problem.
- You need to know how to code
- The novels you generate will be even less likely to be salable than the hurried work of an amateur human novelist
- Explaining the concept to people who aren’t familiar with it is even harder than explaining NaNoWriMo, because a lot of people are somehow unaware that computers can write books