I’m thrilled to have the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Grant Faulkner, on the show with us! Grant is also the co-founder of 100 Word Story. His stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, The Writer, and a ton more literary magazines. He recently published Fissures, a collection of a hundred 100-word stories.
In today’s episode, Grant and I unpack what NaNoWriMo is, how it’s a tremendous benefit for writers and how it trains you to push past obstacles so there’s barely any time for writer’s block. Why people without writing backgrounds are encouraged to join and how it can be of value to them. We also talk about side jobs, eliminating procrastination, and the common core of what makes us all writers, and why all of our stories are worthy of telling.
PS. Do you know anyone who’s constantly procrastinating because of self-editing, or have a friend who’s frustrated about not having enough time to write? Please share this episode, it may really be of help!
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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- What exactly is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)?
- How Grant got involved with NaNoWriMo
- Grant’s tips on preparing for a productive NaNoWrimo
- How NaNoWriMo can exponentially boost your writing process
- Why having a side job, not only helps with income, but also helps with discipline and eliminating procrastination
- How NaNoWriMo helps train you as a writer to push past obstacles
- Helpful heart-filled advice for parents who feel guilty about making time for themselves and their creativity
Learn More About Grant Faulkner
Grant Faulkner likes big stories and small stories. He is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. His stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, The Writer, and dozens of literary magazines. He recently published Fissures, a collection of one hundred 100-word stories, and he has a collection of essays on creativity coming out with Chronicle Books in the fall of 2017.
Grant’s Recommended Books & Resources:
Applying to a Writers Residency: An Expert Breakdown of the Requirements by Grant Faulkner [Poets & Writers Article]
The Art of the Novel by Milan Kundera
Wool by Hugh Howey
Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury