For the past two years I've made pathetic attempts to write a novel in November, which is National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo issues an annual challenge to which more and more people are responding.
This year I've created an outline and list of characters as well as begun upon character sketches. It's against the rules to start writing the actual book before November 1, but it's encouraged to prepare with notes, etc.
Previously I had used Blogger to post my novel in progress, but it seems that is no longer an option due to some of the changes they have made to the way posts work. Therefore I have developed a template for my book. It's here: http://www.sistersunshine.com/neighbors/novel