November is National Novel Writing Month, and you know what that means: It’s time to get cracking! If you’ve thought about writing your own book, but just haven’t had the time to really buckle down and do it, you’re in luck: NaNoWriMo was set up to inspire writers to do just that. Whether you’re writing the next great classic or simply want to get your words down on paper, these authors know what you’re going through. Let their words on writing inspire you…and then get to it!
Alice Walker is the author of The Color Purple.
John Gardner is the author of The Art of of Living & Other Stories, in addition to other books on writing.
Natalie Goldberg is the author of Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft.
Erica Jong is the author of Fear of Flying.