NaNoWriMo Success Stories!

The first week of November is almost over—how are you faring, NaNoWriMers? Take a break from brainstorming, outlining, and pulling out your hair writing to seek inspiration from our list of successful books that have been published through NaNoWriMo.

Rainbow Rowell is an author of young adult and adult contemporary novels. She completed the first draft of Fangirl (2013) for NaNoWriMo in 2011 and it has since been critically acclaimed, thanks to its realistic portrayal of fan culture.

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Fangirl revolves around twin sisters, Cath and Wren, diehard Simon Snow fans since they were little. They hang out in Simon Snow forums, write Simon Snow fan fiction, and even dress up like the characters in the series. When college rolls around, Wren grows away from fandom, but Cath remains transfixed—can she navigate the scary world of adults, deal with her handsome classmate, and grow the courage to write something outside of Simon Snow?

Erin Morgenstern is the author of a successful fantasy novel, The Night Circus (2011), which was first written during the NaNoWriMo of 2005.

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The Night Circus is a magical, sweeping tale about a mysterious circus that arrives without warning—no announcements, advertisements, nothing. The black-and-white striped canvas tents simply show up, and within them are breathtaking amazements to delight the eye. Two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood, are dueling to become the very best—unfortunately, there can only be one winner, and it’s that much harder when the two are deeply in love.

Stephanie Perkins is the author of Anna and the French Kiss (2010), a novel about Anna, a senior that is forced to attend a boarding school in Paris. C’est fantastique, right? Wrong—by moving, Anna is leaving behind her best friend, a potential boyfriend, and an awesome job. But when she meets the perfect French boy, Etienne St. Clair, things start to turn around—until she discovers that the guy of her dreams is taken.

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Jason M. Hough is the author of The Darwin Elevator , (2013) an exciting tale that takes place during the mid-23rd century, when the world has succumbed to an alien plague. Civilians are transformed into savage creatures, and Darwin, Australia, is the last human city on Earth. When Skyler Luiken discovers that he is immune to the plague, can he and an international crew of “immunes,” find the resources to help Darwin avoid the collapse?

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Sara Gruen is perhaps the best known published author from NaNoWriMo—her historical novel, Water for Elephants (2006), became a major motion picture starring the likes of Twilight’s Robert Pattinson and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon.

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Jacob Jankowski may be in his nineties, but he remembers the time he worked for the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth as if it were only yesterday. From freaks to clowns, everything young Jacob encountered was surprising—but what captivated him most was the star of the circus, Marlena, and Rosie, a stubborn elephant.

These are just five of the many books that were published thanks to National Novel Writing Month—visit here for the full list. We look forward to featuring YOUR book one of these days! 

Have you read any of these novels? If so, what did you think?

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