Ready, Listen, Write! Audiobooks for NaNoWriMo Inspiration

Oh, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) participants, you ambitious and talented lot of all ages! 30 days seems like a long time, but when you’re trying to develop characters and flesh out a compelling plot, calendar days fly by in a blink.

Seek out some wisdom and encouragement from seasoned pros who have experienced the highs and lows of writing—these audiobooks about the craft will have you on the perfect sentence path in no time. We can’t wait to watch you win!

Author: Dani Shapiro
Read By: Dani Shapiro

From author and narrator Dani Shapiro comes a witty, heartfelt, and practical look at the exhilarating and challenging process of storytelling. At once a memoir, a meditation on the artistic process, and advice on craft, Still Writing is an intimate companion to living a creative life.

Narrated in a fun, refreshingly kid-friendly voice Brave the Page champions NaNoWriMo’s central mission that everyone’s stories deserve to be told. This volume includes chapters on character, plot, setting, and the like, motivating essays from popular authors, and advice on how to commit to your goals.

Novelist and narrator Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing.

Improv instructor, narrator, and writer Jorjeana Marie presents the first book to harness the creative power of improvisation exercises to help both aspiring and seasoned authors defeat writer’s block and generate new ideas.

Author: Jeff Tweedy
Read By: Jeff Tweedy

Apply Jeff Tweedy’s song writing method and prowess to your new novel! How to Write One Song brings readers into the intimate process of writing one song—lyrics, music, and putting it all together—and accesses the deep sense of wonder that remains at the heart of this curious, yet incredibly fulfilling, artistic act.

Wendelin Van Draanen didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer, but thirty books later, she’s convinced that writing saved her life. Wendelin shares what she’s learned in this book packed with practical advice on the craft: about how to create characters and plot a story that’s exciting to read. But maybe even more helpful is the insight she provides into the persistence, and perseverance, it takes to live a productive, creative life.

Author: Joe Moran
Read By: John Lee

The sentence is the common ground where every writer walks. A good sentence can be written (and read) by anyone if we simply give it the gift of our time. Using minimal technical terms and sources ranging from the Bible and Shakespeare to George Orwell and Maggie Nelson, as well as scientific studies of what can best fire the reader’s mind, author Joe Moran shows how we can all write in a way that is clear, compelling and alive.

Author: Anne Lamott
Read By: Susan Bennett

For a quarter century, more than a million readers, scribes, and scribblers of all ages and abilities have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice. An essential volume for generations of writers young and old, Bird by Bird is a modern classic.

Story coach Lisa Cron has spent her career coming up with alternative methods for writing, based on the science behind what our brains are wired to crave in every story we read. In Story Genius, Cron takes you step-by-step, through the creation of a novel from the first glimmer of an idea, to a complete multilayered blueprint that evolves into a first draft with the authority, richness, and command of a riveting sixth or seventh draft.

Looking for more writing inspiration? Head over to our This Is the Author podcast to listen to our NaNoWriMo Special Featuring Chris Bohjalian, Ibram X. Kendi, Dani Shapiro, and More.