If you haven't come across NaNoWriMo yet, you're missing a great thing. NaNoWriMo - or National Novel Writing Month - is an American event rapidly going global. It's a creative writing challenge - to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. Yes, one month! The trick is it doesn't have to be any good. It just has to hit the word count.
The aim is to get people writing without worrying. There isn't time for the tyranny of the self-critic. You have to type and go. Every day. For an average of 1670 words. It's fab.
The RAW Grobees has undertaken this challenge this year. Less than two weeks in, and our leader board is getting competitive. Currently all bets are on K, who has hit 19,000 words. Happily I can report that I'm not too far behind, with 16,000! But that 50,000 target still seems a long way away and the smiles are getting rather manic. But the promise of a party at the end of the month is a great motivator. And who knows, then we can curl up and read each other's novels!
Give it a go. There's a writer in you and this is the chance to let it out!