Happy NaNoWriMo, everyone! For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month” and is an online community of writers who come together every November to encourage people to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Week two is in full swing but it’s not too late to start! Even if you don’t make the 50,000-word goal, the world still needs your novel!

“I really do believe the world is a better place when people embrace their creative powers.”

In today’s Coffee Break, I am joined by NaNoWriMo Executive Director and author Grant Faulkner. His latest book, Pep Talks for Writers, is designed to carry over the creative energy and habits of your NaNoWriMo experience into the rest of the year. The 52 inspirational essays within can help motivate you to finish your novel while offering some truly inspirational insights into growing as a writer.

“The novels that resonate with me, that changed my life, that I think about over and over again—they’re the novels where the writer made him or herself vulnerable on the page.”

In addition to NaNoWriMo, Grant and I discuss the benefits of banishing your inner editor and adopting a creative mindset by “embracing boredom” and developing superhuman observational skills. But more importantly, we talk about the impact and connectivity a writing community brings to aspiring novelists.

“Writing is my way to connect to the world, to connect to other people, and to connect to myself.”

If this episode doesn’t get you pumped to start your novel, I don’t know what will! Give it a listen and then head straight over to NaNoWriMo to register. Also, be sure to pay Grant a visit on his social medias and website and let him know what your word goal is for this month! Thanks for listening. Now go write already!

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