Thanks to a note from Inez, I got reminded of National Novel Writing Month, lurking just around the corner some two weeks away. Am I joining again? You bet! God alone knows why, especially after the insanity last year.
If you're up to the challenge, try writing a 50,000 word novel (or more appropriately, novella) in 30 days. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece, it's more a matter of developing a writing discipline.
Because it's no fun writing alone, you can register at the NaNoWriMo web site and join hundreds of other authors around the world (including several dozen from the Philippines) in getting that novel done. From the web site, you can track your progress as well as those of other NaNoWrimo participants.
I hit the 50,000-word mark last year, though I was only halfway through my story. Excerpts of my half-novel Oripun last year are here. Not a work of art, not by a long shot, but rereading bits and pieces of it now, I can see some good bits worth expanding on. Writing Oripun helped me gain a better appreciation of Magellan, the Spanish, the Filipino character, and Philippine history.