The month of November is synonymous for giving thanks, scruffy beards, and the changing of the leaves. In the last decade or so, it has also become a month of creativity, particularly in writing.
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short, is an internet-based creative writing project that encourages participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel from the first of the month to the end.
The project launched in July 1999 with only 21 participants, but by 2010, the event had over 200,000 participants who wrote a total of over 2.8 billion words!
Whether you love to write or simply enjoy reading, we’ve got a collection of Spreecasts with some great authors in ode to this inspiring holiday.
On who his favorite writer is and why:
"She is most well-known for a short story called, "In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried," and that’s been anthologized endlessly; you’ll find it everywhere." - Chuck Palahniuk
On how she came up with the idea for her teen novel:
"I suppose I always wanted to write a book about growing up feeling the sense of disconnect from the suburban town where you’re living, in a sort of perfect suburban bubble, and feeling like something is missing and you don’t belong there." - Robyn Schneider
On striking a balance in life:
"I do think that in the face of adversity, you’ve got to find the joy and always strike that balance or you just get mired…" - Susan Gregg Gilmore
On her ideal writing day:
"When I’m doing revisions, I usually stay home or go to a coffee shop and write on my computer. When I’m writing something new, like a first draft, I really like to write on my phone, and I like to be on the move!" - Jacqueline Green
On what their writing schedules are like on a daily basis:
"Generally, I write Monday through Friday, with a goal of 2,000 to 2,500 words a day. Sometimes I don’t make it; sometimes I make it up later. So, unless there’s a major deadline looming over me, I try and do a goal of 10,000 a week and have the weekend’s off to spend with my friends and family…" - Kat Richardson
On which movie inspired her to write the paranormal series:
"It was about vampires who had basically taken over the world and had enslaved humans. And I thought, ‘What if that were reversed?’" … I kind of took that and put a twist on it." - Larissa lone
On the challenges he faced as a journalist:
"Maybe my views on Israel have made me unemployable in the U.S. and it’s like my face might as well be covered with gang tattoos…but I was able to do this book because I’m an American Jew, and I’m able to access places that Arab-American journalists…might not have been able to access inside of Israel because of who they are…so in that sense, I have certain privileges that I took advantage of to write this book and I don’t take that lightly." - Max Blumenthal
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