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/.
- Sean’s something cools are several comedy specials on Netflix that he and his wife enjoyed. He recommends Christina P’s Mother Inferior (https://www.netflix.com/title/80205204) and Patton Oswalt’s Annihilation (https://www.netflix.com/title/80177406).
- Dave found Netflix’s American Vandal (https://www.netflix.com/title/80117545) to be excellent. It’s a satirical true crime mystery series.
- Johnny doesn’t have a something cool. However, he is excited how much better the Smarter Artist Summit is this year (https://smarterartistsummit.com/).