Whether you’re a planner or not, there’s one thing every writer will need as they prepare for NaNoWriMo: inspiration. We’ve challenged some of our favorite authors, and the NaNo staff to inspire you by sharing what’s inspired them… and challenging you to prepare a specific jumpstart for that inevitable idea drought:
The Inspirer: Sarah Mackey, NaNoWriMo Director of Community Engagement
The Inspiration Sources:
- Ella Minnow Pea, by Mark Dunn
- 84, Charing Cross Road, by Helene Hanff
- Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell
The Jumpstart: Write a short letter to one of your possible characters for them to respond to in November.
Why This Will Inspire You: I’ve been contemplating writing an epistolary novel for NaNoWriMo this year. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, it’s a story written in the form of documents, usually letters. They are among my favourite type of novels to read, and although I’ve often included various letters, emails, text messages, and other documents in previous novels, I’ve never gone 100% epistolary before.
You write for the people in high school who ignored you. We all do.