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Posted by: Tim Kim on 11/30/2015

Writing "The End"

It's the final day of NaNoWriMo 2015! We don't want to keep you away from your novel too long, but a few quick announcements about last day festivities:

Posted by: Rebecca Stern on 11/25/2015

Participant Pep from Georgia


It was mid-October in Canada and the chill bit at me, on my arms and around my ankles. The man hopped onto his bike, and I tried my best to ignore the annoying, vaguely familiar pop music that flooded my ears. In a few minutes, he would pedal off into the distance, and we would follow behind on foot. They called the person who guided us through the course a "rabbit" and I absent-mindedly wondered if that made each of us an "Alice."

Posted by: Tim Kim on 11/24/2015

Pep Talk from Kate Schatz

Kate Schatz

Dear Writer,

I know, I know, I knooooooow. It’s So Hard, isn’t it? You’re sitting there, at your small, sleek, rectangular machine (inside of which lives all the knowledge ever, every song ever recorded, and approximately 8,989,003,200 cat videos) and you’re struggling to reach some arbitrary “word count” so you can reach some “goal” about some “novel” because you’re, like, some kind of “writer” or whatever.

Posted by: Rebecca Stern on 11/23/2015

Participant Pep from Samantha


It’s week four. You’re tired, you’re plagued with self-doubt (What if I don’t finish in time?), and your novel is growing harder and harder to write. You’re probably considering giving up. Trust me, I’m feeling it too. But you can’t give up, and I’m here to tell you why.

Posted by: Rebecca Stern on 11/18/2015

Educator Pep from Nate


You’re staring at the blinking cursor on your screen, doubtful that you will make your daily word-count goal.
“Why did I ever decide to do this?” you mutter under your breath. “This month was destined to end in failure!”
The cursor keeps on blinking.
Mocking you.

Posted by: Tim Kim on 11/17/2015

Pep Talk from Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds

Well, you’ve made it to week three, and if you are anything like me, you’re saying one of two things to yourself:

1. I’ve come far enough... to stop.

I mean, seriously, by this point, I could at least tell people I wrote a whole novel. It’d be a lie, but I wouldn’t feel bad about it. At least not too bad. Because it’s basically whole.

Posted by: Rebecca Stern on 11/13/2015

Educator Pep from Wendy


What causes writer’s block?
NOT writing.
What is the cure for writer’s block?
To write!
We all know how it feels to sit down at the computer, typewriter, journal - any blank page – and feel stuck.
Keyword here: FEEL.

Posted by: Tim Kim on 11/10/2015

Pep Talk from Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins

Dear Novelist,
I’ve been trying to write this pep talk to you for the last two weeks. I’ve thrown out three drafts. I feel embarrassed, sad, frustrated, and... a little confused.
I love National Novel Writing Month. I’ve spoken passionately about it in the past, and I’ll continue to speak passionately whenever I’m asked about it in the future. So why has this pep talk—this letter to you—been so difficult for me to write?

Posted by: Rebecca Stern on 11/06/2015

Participant Pep from Emily


I’ll tell you all a little something: writing is a hole. A pretty deep one, too.

Most times, when people think of holes, it’s how to get out of them.

But I’m going to tell you how to navigate into the hole of writing. 

Posted by: Tim Kim on 11/02/2015

Pep Talk from Justine Larbalestier

Justine Larbalestier

Dear Wrimos,
You are about to undertake a mighty adventure. You are going to write a novel! How cool is that? Very. 
I recently saw a teen on Twitter bemoaning the lack of support they were getting from their parents. "A novel in a month?" their parents said. "Don't be ridonkulous! That's not going to happen. Why don't you keep your expectations low and aim to write three chapters? That way you won't be disappointed.”
Boo, to that teen's parents.
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