How I did it: Ever since I first tried stand up comedy in January 2008 I wanted to write and perform a one-woman show. I told a few people and one in particular kept on me asking "How's the one-woman show coming along?" I kept putting it at the bottom of my to-do list though because it didn't have an actual deadline. I realized this would go on forever unless I set a date. So I arranged a date with the theatre in September, that I would perform it on March 12, 2009. I performed small sets of stand up during that time, that contributed to the show, but did half the writing in February and March. My mom came in town that week and helped me learn my lines. Everything I wrote was from personal experience and true, but heightened or exaggerated somewhat to be funnier.
Lessons & tips: Smart people appreciate clean humor, you don't have to go "blue" to get an audience.
Have your show videotaped so you can see it yourself.
Realize that you will spend a lot of time coordinating people (light and sound person, stage manager, any add on actors you use) and publicity.
Even when you get stressed out be sure you don't take it out on anyone helping you.
When people congratulate you and want to tell you how much they liked your show, don't interrupt or cut them off because you want to be humble. It's okay to take some praise and they want to tell you what they thought.
Resources: Facebook - I wasn't on FB at the time, but a friend created an "Event" page on it and that helped spread the word around.