24 Books that Began as NaNoWriMo Projects

Posted by Cybil on October 28, 2019
November is National Novel Writing Month and many aspiring authors may be feeling a combination of Rocky-esque determination and sweaty nervousness. After all, this is the month where established authors and aspiring writers alike from all over the world take the challenge to buckle down and pen a full-length novel.

Whether you're a rookie or a veteran, participation is no ordinary feat. The goal is roughly 1,667 words per day, 11,669 words per week, with the grand total of 50,000 words due by November 30.

No pressure.

Before you begin, get inspired by these 24 books that can trace their roots back to NaNoWriMo projects. Not only did books including The Night Circus, With the Fire on High, and An Absolutely Remarkable Thing reach the finish line, they reached the pinnacle—publication.

Who knows? Maybe your NaNoWriMo book could wind up on this list someday. Which ones do you recommend? Let us know in the comments!


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Which of NaNoWriMo book are you most excited to check out? Let us know in the comments!

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The Masked Reader This is an awesome collection! Seriously good motivation for NaNoWriMo participants.


message 2: by Dana (new)

Dana Cristiana I'm excited because I'm finally writing my book this year! After more than 5 years, I'm going to do it!


Amy "the book-bat" Dana wrote: "I'm excited because I'm finally writing my book this year! After more than 5 years, I'm going to do it!"

Good luck!


message 4: by Dana (new)

Dana Cristiana Amy "the book-bat" wrote: "Dana wrote: "I'm excited because I'm finally writing my book this year! After more than 5 years, I'm going to do it!"

Good luck!"


Thank you!


message 5: by Milka (new)

Milka This list is actually very inspiring! One day, one day...


message 6: by The Authoress (new)

The Authoress Dana wrote: "I'm excited because I'm finally writing my book this year! After more than 5 years, I'm going to do it!"

You can do it!!! All that energy from the past five years is dying to get out and onto the page! Go write that book, Dana, you know you can do it!

I wasn't going to do proper NaNo since I already have an MS I'm editing, but this article just made me want to follow that SHINY NEW IDEA that's been tugging at me for weeks (that I've obsessively been jotting on tiny bits of paper because I just can't help it)...


message 7: by Jessica (new)

Jessica TheBookAddict Here is the (official?) group for NaNo that I have set up two years ago! :D This will be the third NaNoWriMo this group will witness... I myself have attempted (and failed...) NANoWriMo three times, this year being my fourth attempt. Let's grt prepping and writing, peeps!!! :D https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...


Colleen's Conclusions I'm glad I've read at least four of them! I want to try to do this, but life is always busy.


message 9: by Dana (new)

Dana Cristiana The Authoress wrote: "Dana wrote: "I'm excited because I'm finally writing my book this year! After more than 5 years, I'm going to do it!"

You can do it!!! All that energy from the past five years is dying to get out ..."


Thank you!!

Also, you have to do it! Let's be friends on NaNoWriMo and support each other!


message 10: by Ashley (new)

Ashley Fangirl was really really good.


message 11: by Ann (new)

Ann Colleen's Conclusions wrote: "I'm glad I've read at least four of them! I want to try to do this, but life is always busy."

I understand the feeling. I want to write a book too. ..someday.


message 12: by The Authoress (new)

The Authoress Dana wrote: Thank you!!

Also, you have to do it! Let's be friends on NaNoWriMo and support each other!


Yes, let's do that! Let's crush this NaNo!


message 13: by Ann (new)

Ann Ann wrote: "Colleen's Conclusions wrote: "I'm glad I've read at least four of them! I want to try to do this, but life is always busy."

I understand the feeling. I want to write a book too. ..someday."


Good luck to both of you!


message 14: by Lia (new)

Lia Mara Dospetti Jessica wrote: "Here is the (official?) group for NaNo that I have set up two years ago! :D This will be the third NaNoWriMo this group will witness... I myself have attempted (and failed...) NANoWriMo three times..."

Just joined it! :)

I'm going to give NaNo a try again this year. Fingers crossed!


message 15: by Ann (new)

Ann Ann wrote: "Ann wrote: "Colleen's Conclusions wrote: "I'm glad I've read at least four of them! I want to try to do this, but life is always busy."

I understand the feeling. I want to write a book too. ..some..."


Ann wrote: "Colleen's Conclusions wrote: "I'm glad I've read at least four of them! I want to try to do this, but life is always busy."

I understand the feeling. I want to write a book too. ..someday."

good luck Authoress and others


message 16: by Dana (new)

Dana Cristiana Thank you all!


message 17: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey Landhuis I just finished Trail of Lightning as I'm getting ready to start NaNo! Such a fantastic book.


message 18: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Burkhart Mine was a NaNo novel too :)


message 19: by Lacy (new)

Lacy I've heard of most of these books (some of them are even on the old to read list) but didn't know most of them were NaNo novels! This will be my first NaNoWriMo so I'm very inspired! Thanks!


message 20: by TheYALibrarian (new)

TheYALibrarian Oh god this is making me nervous. I need to get my butt in gear and figure out which novel I'm going to work on this year aaaaahhh!


message 21: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie I did not realize how many published novels were NaNoWriMo novels! I always start the month off strong but mess it up after a week. I am determined to do it this year!


message 22: by KatForsyth (new)

KatForsyth I literally just asked for recommendations like this on Twitter the other day! Some of these got recommended, and I was very impressed to know they'd started out as NaNo novels. I've made a shortlist to read during November, but now there are some new ones that look appealing, so I might have to rethink that!


message 23: by Denise (new)

Denise Modern Girls & With The Fire On High, can’t wait!


message 24: by Liam (last edited Oct 29, 2019 03:36AM) (new)

Liam Ward I'd rather beat myself unconscious with a condom than read anything by a toxic Green.


message 25: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Dana wrote: "I'm excited because I'm finally writing my book this year! After more than 5 years, I'm going to do it!"

Awesome! Good luck!


message 26: by KatForsyth (new)

KatForsyth I forgot to add that the first book in the "Murder Most Unladylike" series by Robin Stevens began as a NaNo novel too! And they're wonderful.


message 27: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Mostella Dana wrote: "The Authoress wrote: "Dana wrote: "I'm excited because I'm finally writing my book this year! After more than 5 years, I'm going to do it!"

You can do it!!! All that energy from the past five year..."


good luck


message 28: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Mostella Jessica wrote: "Here is the (official?) group for NaNo that I have set up two years ago! :D This will be the third NaNoWriMo this group will witness... I myself have attempted (and failed...) NANoWriMo three times..."
Barbara: how do you get in on this month long writing and who monitors. where does your writing go after the 30 days


message 29: by Dana (new)

Dana Cristiana Jasmine wrote: "Dana wrote: "I'm excited because I'm finally writing my book this year! After more than 5 years, I'm going to do it!"

Awesome! Good luck!"


Thank you very much!


message 30: by Jessica (new)

Jessica TheBookAddict Barbara wrote: "Jessica wrote: "Here is the (official?) group for NaNo that I have set up two years ago! :D This will be the third NaNoWriMo this group will witness... I myself have attempted (and failed...) NANoW..."

Thousands of people all over the world take part every November and they track their work and progress on www.nanowrimo.org there are also forums where you can support others and join in on conversations about many different topics. You can't write your story itself on the website, but usually on a Microsoft Word document or Google Doc. :)


message 31: by Jera (new)

Jera Em Very cool to see all these books written by authors who used NaNoWriMo. It's such a good event but I don't think we get to hear about which books stem from it very often, which is a shame, but this post is rectifying that. ^^


message 32: by Ann (new)

Ann Jera wrote: "Very cool to see all these books written by authors who used NaNoWriMo. It's such a good event but I don't think we get to hear about which books stem from it very often, which is a shame, but this..."

Agreed:)


message 33: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth Mcdonald Dana wrote: "I'm excited because I'm finally writing my book this year! After more than 5 years, I'm going to do it!"

Awesome! You can do it!


message 34: by Émi (new)

Émi So interesting to see what kind of books started out as NaNoWriMo Projects!


Angel (huge fan of all things Totoro) Wow! Most of these I had no idea that they were done during NaNo! So inspiring!


message 36: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Arsenault This is gonna be my first year trying NaNo. Hoping I make it to the full 50K, but I'll be happy if I at least write more than I normally would.


message 37: by Ann (new)

Ann Rachael wrote: "This is gonna be my first year trying NaNo. Hoping I make it to the full 50K, but I'll be happy if I at least write more than I normally would."

Good Luck!


message 38: by Ann Charlton (new)

Ann Charlton Good 👍


message 39: by AB (new)

AB Wow! I'm surprised to see some books that I really enjoyed in this list. Wool and Cinder, that's awesome.
That's really inspiring to know that these books started out with NaNoWriMo.
I actually just started my own NaNo project, I've never written anything before and have been wanting to get this story out of my head and onto paper for a while.


message 40: by Anne (last edited Nov 02, 2019 08:08PM) (new)

Anne Annabelle wrote: "Wow! I'm surprised to see some books that I really enjoyed in this list. Wool and Cinder, that's awesome.
That's really inspiring to know that these books started out with NaNoWriMo.
I actually ju..."

That's great!


message 41: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Arsenault Ann wrote: "Rachael wrote: "This is gonna be my first year trying NaNo. Hoping I make it to the full 50K, but I'll be happy if I at least write more than I normally would."

Good Luck!"


Thanks!


message 42: by Pat (new)

Pat Fayo I have been wanting to write a memoir of my life ..good and bad ... but not sure my family would be ready for it.


message 43: by Michelle (new)

Michelle The Night Circus is my favorite book of all time. It's so great to see so many amazing books on this list. It gives me hope that my NaNoWriMo projects might actually go somewhere!


message 44: by Kate (new)

Kate Jessica wrote: "Here is the (official?) group for NaNo that I have set up two years ago! :D This will be the third NaNoWriMo this group will witness... I myself have attempted (and failed...) NANoWriMo three times..."

I have participated twice. Neither was a win (although I finally finished the first novel this spring), but I think every word you write is a win! Good luck!


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