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Webinar Replay: Preparing For NaNoWriMo: A Q&A With the Executive Director, Grant Faulkner

  1. Preparing For NaNoWriMo
  2. Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo
  3. What is NaNoWriMo, anyway?
  4. The Novel-Writing Training Plan

Preparing For NaNoWriMo

An Exclusive Q&A With the Executive Director, Grant Faulkner

Writers, it's that time of year again. November is fast approaching, and with it comes National Novel Writing Month, the writing challenge that asks you to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

Whether you spend the year in excited anticipation for NaNoWriMo, or in quiet dread as you watch the days until November dwindle, its time to assemble your best stationery, pick out your favorite writing spot and get ready to write!

Prepare for NaNoWriMo with our exclusive Q&A

We know that many of you in the ProWritingAid community will be taking part in NaNoWriMo this year. Whether you're a first time participant or you've already written tens of novels in Novembers past, there's always room to learn more about how to make the most out of the program.

That's why we hosted an hour long Q&A session with Grant Faulkner, the Executive Director of NaNoWriMo. The ProWritingAid community asked some fantastic questions, and Grant shared his top tips for getting through the challenge.

Watch the replay to find out everything you need to know.

Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of NaNoWriMo

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He has published two books on writing, as well as a collection of 100-word stories which have appeared in dozens of literary magazines. His essays on creativity have been published in The New York Times. Grant also serves on the National Writing Project’s Writer’s Council, Lit Camp’s Advisory Council, and Aspen Words’ Creative Council. When he's not writing, he co-hosts the podcast Write-minded.

It's safe to say, Grant knows a lot about writing a novel. Make sure you don't miss this webinar replay - just in time for the beginning of November.

What is NaNoWriMo, anyway?

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. The aim of the game is to write 50,000 words of your novel in 30 days. Sounds crazy, right?

Writing a novel on your own can be difficult, even for the most experienced writers. NaNoWriMo helps you track your progress, set milestones, connect with other writers in a vast community, and participate in events that are designed to make sure you finish your novel.

Best of all, it's free!

So far, NaNoWriMo has helped writers to complete 367,913 novels. That's 367,913 voices that may not have been heard without the support and encouragement of the incredible community that has sprung up around the event.

If over 300,000 other novelists have done it, why couldn't you? If you succeed, in just over a two months' time you could be holding the first draft of that novel you always wanted to write in your hands. And if you don't make it? You'll have gone down in a blaze of creative glory. And made some great progress on your novel too, of course.

Ready to start writing your novel?

The Novel-Writing Training Plan

There's lots to think about before you write your book. Plot, sub-plot, character arcs, backstory—it would be easy to become overwhelmed. 

But don't worry: ProWritingAid's got you covered. The best way to succeed is to prepare, so follow our 17 step plan to novel-writing-readiness in this free eBook.

The Novel-Writing Training Plan

By thinking about the key elements of your novel before you write, you'll make sure you smash that 50,000 word target and win NaNo this year.

We host dozens of trainings for writers. Check out our upcoming webinars here, or watch some of our previous trainings here.

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