The National Novel Writing Month (November) challenge is something I have participated in, off and on, for many years.
You commit to drafting–from start to finish–a novel draft of at least 50,000 words between November 1 and November 30. My three published mystery novels all began as NaNoWriMo drafts. I use this model as the basis for a successful novel writing class for undergraduates.
Whether or not you are interested in ever writing a novel, the NaNoWriMo model for fighting procrastination and just getting your work done is useful to anyone tackling a big, time-consuming, and possibly overwhelming challenge.
“Surviving NaNoWriMo: The Tough Mudder of Writing Challenges” offers some great advice on writing and on the mental attitude needed to persevere .