I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for many years, and this year my daughter is joining in with the young writers program. Classrooms and individuals can sign up to write a novel in a month. They encourage creative writing in a judgement-free, entertaining way. There are pep talks, writing prompts, trackers and forums.
I find NaNoWriMo to be helpful in emphasizing getting words on paper (or screen) and avoiding the self doubt that can block creativity. It’s not about the finished product, it’s about the act of writing.