National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.
I've signed up already at the risk of humiliating myself if I don't reach my goal! Go on, you can do it too.
Further advice and a kick up the bum can be found on: