It's not too late to start. Today begins National Novel Writing Month - it's actually a global event - also known as NaNoWriMo. It's an interesting idea for a 'contest' were the winners are declared to all who submit a novel of 50,000 words by November 30. How hard can that be? That's 1667 words per day for a total of around 175 pages - and, no, you cannot simply write the same word 50,000 times. There are some rules, you know! Organizers expect up to 60,000 writers to sign the pledge to write the novel. Last year 42,000 signed up and 6000 "won".
Apparently, the biggest stumbling blocks are: 1) procrastination (surprise, surprise); 2) hating your characters; and 3) editing as you go. The recommendation is to just write and see what comes out. You can use National Novel Editing Month in March to refine. On your marks, get set, go! If you get stuck go to their website where you can find a handy, pressure-filled, anti-procrastinator's countdown clock...you can sit there for hours and watch time slip away and never write a word.
If you aren't feeling inspired and creative right now, you can always submit technical article ideas to developerWorks. I find these much easier to handle because you are often describing something you already know about. Plus, it's only 2500-5000 words - it does take a weekend, however, to do it right. I'd especially like to see some articles on Workplace Designer. We have a few in the pipeline, but could always use more.
Anyway, I have some things on my list I've been avoiding (see #1 above). I have to re-edit my Designer article for The View and start on that symphony. Let's see, 500 measures, 30 days, it's do-able! But first, to finish this post...
Sr. Product Manager, IBM Workplace Designer