Has anyone else heard of or done NaNoWriMo
before? It's a month-long novel writing challenge. You're supposed to start a 50,000 word novel on November 1st and finish by November 30th (they don't read it, so it doesn't have to be all wrapped up and edited by then, you just have to have hit 50k by then.) The idea is to get people writing quickly so their "inner editor" doesn't take over and cause writer's block. I love that part because I normally get WAY perfectionist and never end up writing anything.
Several friends and I all signed up together. They have great forums too, with lots of writers supporting each other and helping with research and things, and regional forums for people to arrange meetups. And there are a lot of teens there (including several homeschoolers), so for any youth unschoolers who like to write, it would be a great place to make friends.
Anyone else thinking of doing it? :)