November is National Novel Writing Month, affectionately known as NaNoWriMo.
Now in its tenth year, NaNoWriMo's goal is to get writers to, well, write. No more procrastination, and no more excuses.
The rules of the "contest" are simple: Just write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November.
Last year, over 100,000 would-be writers signed up, and over 15,000 crossed the 50,000 word finish line.
What do you win? Well, you win the fact that you've written a novel, and once the organization confirms your word count, it sends you a nice certificate, suitable for framing no doubt.
According to the organization's website, a number of NaNoWriMo novels have found publishers, and at least one was a #1 New York Times best seller.
November sounds like a great time to write a novel, and I plan to enter the contest. Check out the link, and if you're interested in entering, too, email me. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Together, maybe we can encourage each other to write the next great American novels.