Cami Ostman

In this episode, Brooke and Grant honor NaNoWriMo rebels as they botch the NaNo acronym and explore with their guest, Cami Ostman, some of the many ways writers and writing communities come together to have fun and write in November. Brooke talks about being a NaNo Rebel herself as she pushes through her nonfiction book about women and writing, and Grant talks about the NaNo stance on rebels—which is that NaNo welcomes all of you with open arms. After all, it’s all about the writing!


Cami Ostman is the author of Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents, co-editor of Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions, a contributor to Adventures Northwest and to her own blog, Cami is also the founder of Red Wheelbarrow Writers, a community of writers in Western Washington and a blogger for She has been profiled in Fitness Magazine and her books have been reviewed in O Magazine, The Atlantic, and Washington Post. Find Cami on Twitter @camiostman.

NaNo Writing Action: Stand Strong in Your Defiance

Write down three times you were defiantly sure of yourself. Maybe it was a time when someone told you you couldn’t do something and you absolutely knew you could and did. Maybe it’s the way in which you’ve lived your truest expression, despite cultural or social expectations. Maybe it was doing NaNoWriMo this year when a friend or a partner suggested there might be better ways to spend your time. Whatever it is, record it and take a look. What does it feel like to connect with your authenticity and self-determination? Use this to harness your focus for NaNoWriMo, or whatever your writing goals might be.

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