I don't know how many of you know this, but there's a month long event called NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month.
It's a bit of a misnomer. It should be called INTERNational Novel Writing Month, because people from around the world participate.
The premise is that aspiring novelists from around the world take the month of November, and use it to complete a rough draft of a novel that is at least 50,000 words. Not quite novel length, if you get technical, but more than most people will achieve without motivation.
I'm participating this year.
I've been trying to finish a South African story that starts about twenty years before apartheid began, and ends about twenty years after. I've been working on it for years already. Turning it over in my head. Starting and restarting - but never quite finishing.
Thanks to the long wintry nights (yay snow!) I've got time to do it over here, and it's going well. In fact, on day one, I am nearly 4,000 words in (you're only supposed to aim for 1,667 a day, so that's pretty rocking!)
If anyone else out there has a story that's been kicking around the old cranium for a while, and you need a little motivation in the applying butt to seat part of writing, sign up. It's free, and open for everyone.
For me, it's back to the writing. I plan to write a story that's well over 50,000 words, and I am aiming for publishing, so I have my work cut out for me!