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Author Natalie Goldberg on NaNoWriMo

"National Novel Writing Month, I think, fits in beautifully with writing practice," says Natalie Goldberg, who has authored some of the best writing guides around (Wild Mind, Writing Down the Bones). Goldberg has long felt that the writing process should be intuitive and uncensored. NaNowWriMo encourages aspiring writers to quit procrastinating and unleash their creative energy. At the end of the month participants finally know that they can finish something. This, Goldberg insists, is a valuable lesson, even for seasoned writers like her. What matters, she says, is not "the success of my books, but that I keep showing up."


Find inspiration and advice from Natalie in this video. Pick up more tips on preparing for NaNoWriMo here on Facebook and here on NaNo's wonderful blog.

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Taken on October 27, 2011