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.

2018 Pep Talk Authors

Andy WeirAndy Weir built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full time. He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail. He lives in California. Visit his Facebook, Twitter, or website.

Read Andy’s Pep Talk.


Justina IrelandJustina Ireland lives with her husband, kid, dog, and cats in Pennsylvania. She is the author of Vengeance Bound, Promise of Shadows, and Dread Nation, which is a New York Times bestseller and has received six starred reviews.  Her most recent book is the middle grade novel Lando’s Luck, a Star Wars Story. You can visit her on Twitter as @justinaireland, on Instagram as @justinai, or at her website

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Francesca Lia BlockFrancesca Lia Block is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry. She received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association and from the New York Times Book ReviewSchool Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly. In addition to writing, she teaches fiction workshops in Los Angeles where she was born, raised and currently still lives. Visit her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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Min Jin LeeMin Jin Lee is a recipient of fiction fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018) and the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard (2018-9). Lee’s recent novel Pachinko was a finalist for the National Book Award, a runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, a New York Times bestseller, a Top 10 Books of the Year for The New York Times, a joint book club selection of PBS NewsHour and The New York Times, and on over 75 best-of-the-year lists. Lee’s debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times, NPR’s Fresh Air and USA Today. Her writings have appeared in The New Yorker, Guardian, The New York Review of BooksThe New York Times Book ReviewThe Times Literary SupplementThe TimesVogue, and Wall Street Journal. She has served as a columnist for The Chosun Ilbo, South Korea’s leading newspaper, for three seasons. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Pep Talk Archive

Pep talk veterans include folks like N. K. Jemisin, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Neil Gaiman, Roxane Gay, Lois Lowry, Jason Reynolds, and Dean Koontz.

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Author Year Link
Kevin Kwan 2017 Pep Talk
Roxane Gay 2017 Pep Talk
Dean Koontz 2017 Pep Talk
Julie Murphy 2017 Pep Talk
Grant Faulkner 2017 Pep Talk
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