It is only 82 days until the National Novel Writing Month. After ten years, NaNoWriMo, the brainchild of founder Chris Baty, is no longer national, but has participants from around the world. They even started a Young Writer’s Program.
To participate, you sign up on their web site and start tapping on the old typewriter on November 1. All right, you coward. Use your word processor. Whatever the means, when you finish your 50,000 word, or more, novel you upload it to their web site and you get on their Writer Participation list! You can even upload it to LULU.COM and get a print out. Who knows if you are going to be the next Hemmingway or Chaucer. They have an impressive list of published authors online. Check out their FAQs.