In this episode we talk to Mira Jacob, author of the novel The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing, about how her novel took her 10 years to write, and what she learned in the process. We also hear from Lifehacker staff writers Nick Douglas, Patrick Allen and Beth Skwarecki about National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo), wherein writers pledge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Beth has completed NaNoWriMo 10 times; Patrick is trying it this year for the first time. Nick investigates why anyone would do such a thing. Image from Wikimedia Commons
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Covered in This Episode
- NaNoWriMo, obviously
- The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing
- Mira's A Flowchart for People Who Get Defensive When Talking About Racism
- Also from Mira: 37 Difficult Questions From My Mixed-Race Son
- How Mira's mum affected her writing
- Why you should picture your creativity like a topographical map
- How walking changes the brain
Our Upgrades of the Week
Every week we like to let you in on the upgrades we've made in our own lives. This week we talked about Guitar Toolkit, cooking in advance, and dancing on our own.