National Novel Writing Month takes place 1-30 November. The idea is to write a novel of 50,000 words during the month. Participants have until 23.59 on 30 November to log in their word-count. Nobody reads the entries, there's no cash prize.... But if you make it over the 50,000 word mark, you win.
It's a pretty tempting idea. This NaNoWriMo thing has been happening for several years, from 1999: 21 participants and six winners the first year, to 101,510 participants and 15,333 winners in 2007. When you get a look at those numbers, you get an idea of how difficult the goal is. I did the math: 50,000 words in 30 days is 1,667 words a day.... 30 days in a row. At the moment I write about 300 words a day. Another writer friend of mine -- who is writing full-time -- aims for 1,000. So that's a lot of writing. The NaNoWriMo people don't skirt the issue: the website comes right out and says it is a challenge, and that what you write is probably going to be less than perfect. But the idea is a good one: to hell with how "good" it is, just get it out. Create. Generate. There are pep talks, forums and a sponsorship program, like with marathons.
Like I said, isn't it tempting?