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.



Sharon Flake  

Sharon G. Flake writes for children and young adults, and is the author of nine novels. She has been the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award and the YWCA's Racial Justice Award.

Read Sharon's pep talk.

Donna Freitas  

Donna Freitas writes both fiction and nonfiction. Her books include Gold Medal Summer, The Survival Kit, and The Possibilities of Sainthood.

Read Donna's pep talk.

Lev Grossman  

Lev Grossman is the author of the bestselling novels The Magicians and The Magician King.

Read Lev's pep talk.

Dan Krokos  

Dan Krokos is the author of False Memory, False Sight, and The Planet Thieves. Currently, he’s hard at work on the next book in Miranda’s journey.

Read Dan's pep talk.

Marie Lu  

Marie Lu writes young adult novels, and has a special love for dystopic books. She is the author of the Legend trilogy.

Read Marie's pep talk.

James Patterson  

James Patterson writes suspense and thriller books for kids, teens, and adults. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most New York Times bestsellers of any author.

Read James's pep talk.

Sarah Rees Brennan  

Sarah Rees Brennan is the author of the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy and the Lynburn Legacy series. She lives in Ireland.

Read Sarah's pep talk.

Jeff VanderMeer  

Jeff VanderMeer is a novelist, short-story writer, teacher, editor, and publisher. He is the author of The Steampunk Bible, Wonderbook, and the forthcoming Southern Reach trilogy.

Read Jeff's pep talk.



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