Tuesday, November 24, 2020

NaNoWriMo Pep Talks (and a Shout Out to Kacen Callender)

Whether you're nearing your NaNoWriMo novel finish line, or if you're only just learning that "NaNoWriMo" stands for "National Novel Writing Month," they've lined up some encouraging "pep" talks for all of us writers.

Kacen Callender's is really poignant, speaking about their struggles with writing a YA fantasy novel. Posted on November 15, 2020, it is vulnerable and honest, a pep talk for both Kacen and all of us reading.


What's so cool is that only days later, Kacen won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature for King and the Dragonflies!

In their virtual acceptance speech (reported by Publishers Weekly), Kacen gave another kind of pep talk, saying,

"I know I'm not the only one who believes that these next generations are the ones that are meant to change everything," Callender said, upon accepting the award. "Young people already have changed the world in so many ways, and it is an honor and a privilege to be given a platform and the opportunity to help in their guidance through the power of story."

The power of story... that's inspirational!

Illustrate and Write On,

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