From our blog pal, Dawn Montgomery:
"I wanted to let you know that Realms of Love will be hosting speedwriting sessions through NaNo on Saturday and Sunday at 7am, 2pm, and 6pm CST. The sessions will last as long as people are there. In a speedwriting session, everyone posts their wordcount, and then a timekeeper starts the “race”. You write for 15-20 minutes, then Time is called and everyone posts their new wordcount. Everyone encourages one another, helps those who are struggling, and reminds people that NaNo isn’t about editing (if they’re stuck in an editing loop). After a 5-10 minute break, another round begins."
This is something Dawn does every weekend with her crit partners, btw; she just thought it would be fun to open it up to other NaNo'ers. To participate, you do need to register with the site as a user, but that's it. I've done things like this in the past (we called it word wars in my day) and it can be a lot of fun.