Pep Talks


Every NaNoWriMo, some of our favorite authors provide advice and inspiration throughout the month. Learn more about this year's (and look for their pep talks in your email in-box), plus read the wisdom of some of our past writers below.



Gene Luen Yang  

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

Read Gene's pep talk.

Justine Larbalestier  

Justine Larbalestier is an author whose novels include Razorhurst, Team Human, and Liar.

Read Justine's pep talk.

Stephanie Perkins  

Stephanie Perkins is the author of Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After, all of which began as NaNoWriMo drafts.

Read Stephanie's pep talk.

Jason Reynolds  

Jason Reynolds is the author of novels including When I Was the Greatest and The Boy In the Black Suit. His book, All American Boys, written with Brendan Kiely is forthcoming.

Read Jason's pep talk.

Kate Schatz  

Kate Schatz is the author of Rad American Women A-Z, and educator at Oakland School for the Arts, where she has taught the Young Writers Program.

Read Kate's pep talk.



Jim Butcher – Pep Talk

Kami Garcia – Pep Talk

Tamora Pierce – Pep Talk

Veronica Roth – Pep Talk

Brandon Sanderson – Pep Talk


Sharon G. Flake – Pep Talk

Donna Freitas – Pep Talk

Lev Grossman – Pep Talk

Dan Krokos – Pep Talk

Marie Lu – Pep Talk

James Patterson – Pep Talk

Sarah Rees Brennan – Pep Talk

Jeff VanderMeer – Pep Talk


Gennifer Albin – Pep Talk

Ally Carter – Pep Talk

Julie Cross – Pep Talk

Kate DiCamillo – Pep Talk

Lois Lowry – Pep Talk

Wendy Mass – Pep Talk

Marissa Meyer – Pep Talk

Walter Dean Myers – Pep Talk

Ransom Riggs – Pep Talk

Scott Westerfeld – Pep Talk

John Corey Whaley – Pep Talk



Ally Condie – Pep Talk

Gayle Forman – Pep Talk

Varian Johnson – Pep Talk

Robert Lipsyte – Pep Talk

Lauren Oliver – Pep Talk

Christopher Paolini – Pep Talk

Mitali Perkins – Pep Talk

Beth Revis – Pep Talk

Caissie St. Onge – Pep Talk


Jessica Burkhart – Pep Talk

Nancy Yi Fan – Pep Talk

John Green – Pep Talk

D.J. MacHale – Pep Talk

Megan McCafferty – Pep Talk

Kaleb Nation – Pep Talk

Robyn Schneider – Pep Talk

Sherwood Smith – Pep Talk


Laurie Halse Anderson – Pep Talk

Avi – Pep Talk

Cherith Baldry – Pep Talk

Kate Cary – Pep Talk

Esmé Raji Codell – Pep Talk

Margaret Haddix – Pep Talk

Vicky Holmes – Pep Talk

Rafe Martin – Pep Talk


Hilari Bell – Pep Talk

Rosemary Clement-Moore – Pep Talk

Gordon Korman – Pep Talk

Nancy Etchemendy – Pep Talk

Esther M. Friesner – Pep Talk

Cathy Hopkins – Pep Talk

Sue Limb – Pep Talk

Kathryn Reiss – Pep Talk

Laurel Snyder – Pep Talk

Jerry Spinelli – Pep Talk

Suzanne Fisher Staples – Pep Talk

Ysabeau Wilce – Pep Talk

Markus Zusak – Pep Talk


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