Looking for a challenge? Why don't you try writing 50,000 words in 30 days. That may sound impossible, but that's the goal of NaNoWriMo. They claim that "For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!"
The best part of National Novel Writing Month is that you're not alone! In 2012 over 200,000 people participated in the event and more than 30,000 of them crossed the 50K finish line. NaNoWriMo works hard to put participants in touch with each other. For starters, they group people by region, including the Twin Cities. They also realize this is a pretty hefty goal, especially for students, so they've opened up the Young Writers Program (YWP), which allows those 17 and under to participate by setting their own reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.So here's my challenge to you: give NaNoWriMo a try. Even if you don't come away with 50,000 words, you'll still have more written than when you started this venture. In the end, what have you got to lose?