Writing Advice from Grant Faulkner, NaNoWriMo Executive Director

We met up with our dear friend Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month, at BookCon. Grant talks about fostering the right creative mindset, building a writing community, and his writing advice.

Filmed at BookCon 2019.


0:15 What is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)?

2:14 NaNoWriMo success stories & NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza winners

3:43 Opening up the publishing gates: NaNoWriMo crashes through the gatekeepers and encourages everyone to embrace their identity as a writer.

5:58 Writing advice: writing is about persistence and practice, not natural talent.

6:42 What is the editing process after NaNoWriMo?

10:30 Why should writers connect with other writers?

12:49 Should writers be envious of other writers?

13:10 Grant shares his advice for writers.


NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza

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Author Brad Parks on Journalism, Literary Agents, and Publishing Award-Winning Thrillers 

Joshua Mohr on Writing and How to Publish a Book 


National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.

On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Find out more at http://nanowrimo.org


As a boy, Grant spent his allowance on all sorts of pens and paper, so there was never much question that he would become a writer. He received his B.A. from Grinnell College in English and his M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He’s also the co-founder of the journal 100 Word Story.

He has published short stories in dozens of lit mags and placed essays on creativity in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer. He recently published a collection of one hundred 100-word stories, Fissures, two of which are included in The Best Small Fictions 2016. His book of essays on creativity, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Prompts to Boost Your Creative Mojo, is out from Chronicle Books.


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