Every year people participate in a wonderful project called NaNoWriMo, where they sign up and pledge to write a full novel in exactly one month.
The idea is to force yourself to write write write and not worry about editing or perfecting. It's a fantastic exercise for everyone who has always wanted to do something like this.
What: Writing one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month's time.
Who: You! We can't do this unless we have some other people trying it as well. Let's write laughably awful yet lengthy prose together.
Why: The reasons are endless! To actively participate in one of our era's most enchanting art forms! To write without having to obsess over quality. To be able to make obscure references to passages from our novels at parties. To be able to mock real novelists who dawdle on and on, taking far longer than 30 days to produce their work.
For everyone participating in the DC Getting Organized Experiment of 2007 -- NaNoWriMo would be a great way to get started.