Wednesday, April 6, 2011

E – Les Écrivains' Exceedingly Extraordinary Encouragements

Am I switching from one language to another to get the most out of my alliteration? Yes, I AM. *cough* Now here’s the post proper!

Writing isn’t easy. We all hit rough spots and have our doubts. With time, I've developped favourite places to turn to when I need the help. There's the community, of course, but today's post is about something a little different.

Today I wanted to share another of my cure against fear and doubt: the NaNoWriMo pep talks.

Every year, the OLL invites authors to write a pep talk for the Wrimos toiling over a new first draft. There’s something special about receiving an e-mail from Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, John Green or Lemony Snicket (to name a few), encouraging you to keep writing and move forward. It’s a great boost in the middle of the frenzy.

But you know what’s best? These pep talks are available year-round on the NaNoWriMo website, waiting for our perusal. This is where I go when I feel down.

My favourites are...

Feel down about your writing? Trust these authors to boost your morale.


  1. Excellent! There are definitely days I could use a little of that kind of encouragement.

  2. I love the Nano pep talks! Especially the ones from Pullman and Gaiman (great taste!). Thanks for reminding me of this resource!

  3. If I got an e-mail from Philip Pullman, I wouldn't be able to contain myself! I like his pep-talk. One for the bookmarks!

  4. Miss Cole: Philip Pullman's pep talk arrived in my inbox during my first year of NaNoWriMo. You can bet I wasn't able to contain the excitement.

    TL: Gaiman's is my favourite of all of them. I've read it so often I'm starting to know it by heart.

    L.G.: Happy to provide uplifting resources. :)