I spent some time yesterday at the Novel in a Year site. I fell about nine weeks behind, and I haven't even begun to catch up because I went over some of the early weeks' materials. All I did with this last winter was jot down a few ideas in a file. Yesterday I created separate files for each of the assignments I was particularly interested in.
I think Louise Doughty, the author who is running this on-line fiction class, is right. These assignments are generating material for me. I don't expect to have a book at the end of the year, but perhaps I'll be ready to write one.