Have you heard of NaNoWriMo ?
As they say in their website:
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.Here’s a little more about how it all works.
I just learned about this great initiative, even though it has been working for years. It is never late, they say. Specially because I just learned about it on time to join the summer session or NaNoWriMo Camp!
Camp NaNoWriMo is a more open-ended version of our original November event.We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 10,000 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers may attempt non-novel projects. Camp is a creative retreat for whatever you’re working on!
I think it is a great way to start writing (or keep doing it) with the added value of having a goal and other participants to share your progress with.
In the Camp session, there are groups or CABINS with participants divided by similarities. If you are an author and write in Spanish, I invite you to find me and join my cabin (my user name will be inesgaliano ).
Later, if you reach your goal, you will be considered a NaNoWriMo winner and you will have some winner goodies from stores like Amazon, Lulu, Scrivener and many more.
Also, you can choose your goal, your genre and even the language you want to write in. Since it is just a program to encourage you to write, they don’t keep your manuscript and you are completely free about what you want to do with it. Unlike in other programs, your manuscript is just yours. You can decide to publish it later (or not).