SPP286 with Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo (https://nanowrimo.org/) is celebrating eighteen years of helping writers put words on the page and getting a novel-length first draft ready in just one month. Grant Faulkner of NaNoWriMo talks to Johnny, Sean, and Dave about how you can use NaNo’s challenge and community to build a healthy writing habit.

  • Grant shares the story of how NaNoWriMo began.
  • Johnny and Sean talk about how they were exposed to NaNoWriMo.
  • Grant talks about how writing a novel is an exercise in time management and how NaNoWriMo can help writers struggling to find time to write to use their time wisely.
  • NaNoWriMo sounds cool, but how do you get started? Grant shows us process of NaNo, and what the day-to-day experience is like
  • Grant compares the nature of the NaNoWriMo community and other writing communities and how it helps new writers establish healthy creative habits.
  • Grant and Dave talk about the transformation that occurs in a person when you complete a challenging creative project.
  • Grant discusses with the guys how a community of writers can not only spark creativity but also keep the fire burning.
  • Grant and Sean clarify that NaNo isn’t about creating a publishable novel within a month, but rather about doing the work.
  • NaNo is only a month long! Won’t that rush us into writing a terrible novel? Grant talks about how a time constraint can help stimulate better creative work rather than choking it.
  • They guys discuss the importance of allowing your creative voice to surface through experience rather than directly judging yourself based on other writers.
  • Grant talks about how putting skin in the game improves your odds of success.
  • Grant tells us about his NaNoWriMo pep-talks and how they keep the community motivated to push forward and complete the challenge (https://sterlingandstone.net/peptalk).
  • Grant talks about writer’s block and why writers allow themselves to fall into the trap of limited creativity.
  • So you wrote 50k words during NaNo. Now what? Grant tells us how NaNoWriMo isn’t about the rigid program as much as it is about expanding your creative horizons.
  • Check out Sterling & Stone’s special challenge for NaNoWriMo at https://sterlingandstone.net/nano/.

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