Some of you out there are currently wading through National Novel Writing Month. One of my absolute favorite parts of this month is that the NaNoWriMo crew gets authors to write pep talks. A few years ago, they had some guy named John Green. They've had pieces from Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson, and Veronica Roth.
The best one I've ever read, however, came from Lemony Snicket. It's full of biting snark and surprisingly touching wisdom about what books can mean to us.
Even if you're not in the midst of attempting to write 50,000 words this month, I think you'll find it inspirational.