I'm a veteran of National Novel Writers Month (AKA: NaNoWriMo) where I've won it 4 times over the years. This means I actually managed to write a 50,000+ word novel between November 1st and 11:59 PM on November 30.
It's not for the faint of heart, and it's a huge commitment. It's also a blast, a way to add a social element to the solitary art of writing, and the best way to duct tape the mouth of your inner critic and just get in the zone and write, write and write more. There are prizes and prompts to encourage. And cities and regions have groups that meet up in person to write together. I highly recommend it for anyone who has a great american novel bumping around in their brains and always back burners it for life, paid work, fear or family. Check it out here. There's still more than plenty of time to join up. We're busy but seriously considering giving it another go for 2015.
Alternately, we know loads of blogger friends rocking NaBloPoMo this month with BlogHer. Here at ChiIL Mama we're in on that for sure. Whether you're a newbie or a veteran blogger like me, who has been blogging since 2009, NaBloPoMo will have you jumping in the puddle with both feet and making a splash. The challenge is to blog daily November 1-30th. Follow along with us and hundreds of others via Facebook and Twitter at the hashtag #NaBloPoMo. It's also a fun, social event with prizes and prompts. See you out there. Write ON!!