Grant Faulkner

Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. He recently published Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, a guide to helping people banish their Inner Editor, overcome writer’s block, and develop a lifelong creative mindset. The above is an excerpt from his book.

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A Mid-Year Pep Talk to Rejuvenate your Writing Resolutions

When people hear the word “resolutions” at this time of year, they tend to think of next year. As in, “Next year, I’ll make resolutions.” “Next year, my ‘future self’ will surely have the discipline to accomplish the big things I wanted to do this year.” But what about the resolutions you made this past January?

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Writing Tips to Fortify Your Writing Resolutions

I frequently hear after National Novel Writing Month, “I loved writing in November during NaNoWriMo, but I have trouble writing the rest of the year.” It’s challenging to muster such energy each day. Items on your to-do list clamor for attention. No one assigns us to be creative, but to be human is to be a creator, so you should make sure creativity is at the top of your to-do list. If you’ve resolved to finally write that book that’s calling out to you, here are some writing tips to bolster your creative resolve throughout the year.

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How to Beat Writer's Block

I don’t believe in the notion of writer’s block. I think it’s too easy to end up building a twisted shrine to it—to proclaim the affliction, then festoon one’s writing life with it, saying, “I’m blocked,” over and over again, as if abdicating responsibility for creating the blockage and waiting for magical bolts of inspiration to come down from the sky and unstopper it all (which only happens in the movies, right?).

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