5 Audiobooks to Motivate You to Write

To established and aspiring authors alike, November is known as National Novel Writing Month. The idea behind NaNoWriMo is to end November with a draft of a novel. Because writing isn’t easy (and, yes, writer’s block is a real thing), we’ve selected five audiobooks, by well-known authors, that will motivate and inspire you to put pen to paper.

 

Sometimes the Magic Works

Author of several bestselling fantasy series, Terry Brooks shares his secrets for creating unusual, memorable fiction. This reflection on writing spans topics from the importance of daydreaming, to the necessity of writing an outline, to creating believable characters.
Listen to an excerpt Sometimes the Magic Works

Letters to a Young Writer
Author: Colum McCann
Read By: Colum McCann

National Book Award winner Colum McCann shares fifty-two essays on writing. He is fierce and honest about the bruises delivered by writing as both a profession and a calling. This book charges aspiring writers to learn the rules and even break them.
Listen to an excerpt Letters to a Young Writer

My Reading Life
Author: Pat Conroy
Read By: Pat Conroy

With an array of anecdotes, Pat Conroy explores his love for reading and how it shaped his life. For him, reading is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.
Listen to an excerpt My Reading Life

South and West

From the best-selling author and National Book Award winner come two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks. They offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer.
Listen to an excerpt South and West

The Sense of Style
Author: Steven Pinker
Read By: Arthur Morey

A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well, by New York Times‒bestselling author Steven Pinker.
Listen to an excerpt The Sense of Style