NaNoWriMo success stories

If you’re still powering through NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), well done! By the end of today you can expect to be over 18,000 words in, but it might already be feeling like a bit of a slog.

Don’t worry. I’m here with some mid-week, mid-month inspiration to help you reach your 50,000 word goal. Here are 5 books started during NaNoWriMo that went on to find huge success!

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

This novel, published in 2006, is about a young man who literally runs away to join the circus. Water for Elephants began life as a NaNoWriMo project, and eventually went on to top the bestseller lists. It was even made into a movie in 2011, starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon!

Wool by Hugh Howey

I’ve talked about Howey’s excellent self-published dystopian trilogy on this blog before, but did you know that the first book started as a series of novellas, published in November 2011? Howey eventually turned his creation into a book deal with Simon & Schuster and sold the movie rights to 20th Century Fox.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

You’ve probably seen this novel’s dark, intriguing cover on many a bookshop shelf. It took seven years for Morgenstern to turn her creation from a NaNoWriMo rough draft into a novel that placed on the New York Times bestseller list, proving that – even after November is over – you shouldn’t give up on your book.

NaNoWriMo helped these writers finally get their ideas on paper. Hopefully their stories can inspire you too!

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