Pep Talks

Pep talks are inspirational letters written by well-known authors during NaNoWriMo just for you.

They’ll be delivered to your NaNoMail inbox throughout NaNoWriMo season, ready to inspire you, motivate you, and keep you writing all month long.

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2015 Pep Talk Authors

Gene Luen YangGene Luen Yang is an author and artist whose graphic novels include American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and The Shadow Hero.

Diana GabaldonDiana Gabaldon is the author of the Outlander series. Its latest installment, Written In My Heart’s Own Blood, was released in 2014.

Charlaine HarrisCharlaine Harris is the author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, and most recently published Day Shift, the second in the Midnight Texas series.

N. K. JemisinN. K. Jemisin is the author of The Inheritance Trilogy, and The Dreamblood Duology. Her most recent novel, The Fifth Season, was published this August.


Sandra HallSandy Hall is the author of the young adult novels A Little Something Different and Signs Point to Yes.

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Pep Talk Archive

Pep talk veterans include folks like Aimee Bender, Dave Eggers, John Green, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Lethem, Lois Lowry, Karen Russell, and Lemony Snicket.

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2014 Pep Talk Authors


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2007 Pep Talk Authors