NaNoPrep Special: The Role of Self-Confidence in Writing and Publishing, featuring Hugh Howey

Oct 5, 2020

Hugh Howey

This week’s episode is jam-packed with great advice about prepping for NaNoWriMo and the incredible benefits of doing NaNoWriMo—from learning how to write for the wastebin, to why to power through monster writing sessions, to the value of having someone (or an event like NaNoWriMo) cracking the whip. Guest Hugh Howey is one of NaNoWriMo’s biggest success stories, and here he unpacks why NaNoWriMo works so well for him, his insights into the industry, and where he found the tipping point in his writing and publishing career.


Hugh Howey is a five-time NaNoWriMo participant who still can’t believe he ever wrote a novel. His works have become New York Times bestsellers, have been translated into over forty languages, and have sold millions of copies around the world. Four of his books are currently being adapted for film or television, including Wool, Sand, and Beacon 23. All three of these were written in the month of November.

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