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.

2017 Pep Talk Authors

Roxane GayRoxane Gay is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and author of bestselling books including Bad Feminist and Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel.

Dean Koontz - photo taken by Thomas EngstromDean Koontz is the bestselling author of more than fourteen books. His latest novel, The Whispering Room, a Jane Hawk novel, is out this November.

Julie MurphyJulie Murphy is is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Ramona Blue, Dumplin’, and Side Effects May Vary.

Grant FaulknerGrant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month, and the author of Fissures, and the recently released Pep Talks for Writers.

Kevin KwanKevin Kwan is the internationally bestselling author of the trilogy of novels Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend, and Rich People Problems.


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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Author Year Link
Jenny Han 2016 Pep Talk
Alaya Dawn Johnson 2016 Pep Talk
Daniel José Older 2016 Pep Talk
Maggie Stiefvater 2016 Pep Talk
Alexander Chee 2016 Pep Talk
Gene Luen Yang 2015 Pep Talk
Diana Gabaldon 2015 Pep Talk
Mitali Perkins 2011 Pep Talk
Stephanie Perkins 2015 Pep Talk
Charlaine Harris 2015 Pep Talk
N. K. Jemisin 2015 Pep Talk
Sandy Hall 2015 Pep Talk
Jim Butcher 2014 Pep Talk
Kami Garcia 2014 Pep Talk
Tamora Pierce 2014 Pep Talk
Veronica Roth 2014 Pep Talk
Brandon Sanderson 2014 Pep Talk
Jason Reynolds 2015 Pep Talk
Chuck Wendig 2014 Pep Talk
Bella Andre 2013 Pep Talk
Lev Grossman 2013 Pep Talk
Malinda Lo 2013 Pep Talk
Marie Lu 2013 Pep Talk
Holly McGhee 2013 Pep Talk
James Patterson 2013 Pep Talk
Ralph Peters 2013 Pep Talk
Patrick Rothfuss 2013 Pep Talk
Rainbow Rowell 2013 Pep Talk
Catherynne M. Valente 2013 Pep Talk
Jeff VanderMeer 2013 Pep Talk
Gennifer Albin 2012 Pep Talk
Chris Angotti 2012 Pep Talk
Chris Baty 2012 Pep Talk
Kate DiCamillo 2012 Pep Talk
Grant Faulkner 2012 Pep Talk
Lindsey Grant 2012 Pep Talk
Tupelo Hassman 2012 Pep Talk
Nick Hornby 2012 Pep Talk
Marissa Meyer 2012 Pep Talk
Karen Russell 2012 Pep Talk
Scott Westerfeld 2012 Pep Talk
Kevin Wilson 2012 Pep Talk
Chris Baty 2011 Pep Talk
Gayle Brandeis 2011 Pep Talk
Chris Cleave 2011 Pep Talk
Lindsey Grant 2011 Pep Talk
Rachael Herron 2011 Pep Talk
Jonathan Lethem 2011 Pep Talk
Erin Morgenstern 2011 Pep Talk
Audrey Niffenegger 2011 Pep Talk
Lani Diane Rich 2011 Pep Talk
Brandon Sanderson 2011 Pep Talk
Deb Olin Unferth 2011 Pep Talk
Chris Baty 2010 Pep Talk
Aimee Bender 2010 Pep Talk
Holly Black 2010 Pep Talk
Dave Eggers 2010 Pep Talk
Lindsey Grant 2010 Pep Talk
John Green 2010 Pep Talk
Mercedes Lackey 2010 Pep Talk
Lemony Snicket 2010 Pep Talk
Lynda Barry 2009 Pep Talk
Chris Baty 2009 Pep Talk
Peter Carey 2009 Pep Talk
Kristin Cashore 2009 Pep Talk
Jasper Fforde 2009 Pep Talk
Maureen Johnson 2009 Pep Talk
Gail Carson Levine 2009 Pep Talk
Robin McKinley 2009 Pep Talk
Tamora Pierce 2009 Pep Talk
Piers Anthony 2008 Pep Talk
Kelley Armstrong 2008 Pep Talk
Chris Baty 2008 Pep Talk
Gayle Brandeis 2008 Pep Talk
Meg Cabot 2008 Pep Talk
Janet Fitch 2008 Pep Talk
Brian Jacques 2008 Pep Talk
Katherine Paterson 2008 Pep Talk
Philip Pullman 2008 Pep Talk
Jonathan Stroud 2008 Pep Talk
Julianna Baggott 2007 Pep Talk
Neil Gaiman 2007 Pep Talk
Sue Grafton 2007 Pep Talk
Sara Gruen 2007 Pep Talk
Garth Nix 2007 Pep Talk
Naomi Novik 2007 Pep Talk
Deanna Raybourn 2007 Pep Talk
Tom Robbins 2007 Pep Talk