Grant Faulkner's organization, NaNoWriMo, has worked with hundreds of thousands of writers, and he has some advice for you.
National Novel Writing Month is in November, and many people know about the event affectionately known as NaNoWriMo, but fewer people know about the year-round events the organization also sponsors, including Camp NaNoWriMo—a virtual writing camp where you share a "cabin" with a group of other writers who all support each other's writing goals. Camp NaNoWriMo runs in April and July, and it's for people who want to write anything, not just a novel.
In this interview, I talked with Grant Faulkner, the executive director of National Novel Writing Month, about how the program got started, the program's other initiatives, and what advice he has for aspiring novelists given that he's watched hundreds of thousands of them participate, struggle, and succeed in his programs.
Click the player above to hear the interview, or if you'd prefer to read, we also created a rough transcript.