24 Books that Won NaNoWriMo

With National Novel Writing Month starting on November 1, you might 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.

But before you sharpen your pencils, fire up your computer, draft up your outline, or play The Final Countdown, get inspired with these 24 books that can trace their roots back to NaNoWriMo projects. Not only did books including The Night CircusWater for Elephants, and Fangirl 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!

Read the full article at the Goodreads Blog.

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103 Bracing Quotes to Propel You Through Your First Draft

By M.J. Bush

Tough NaNoWriMo?

Feeling lost and haunted by wordcounts unmet?

Or wishing NaNo was your thing in the first place?

I see you.

There’s hope. Writing doesn’t need a strict timeline to happen. There doesn’t have to be some grand “starting day” for words to start hitting the page, and there certainly doesn’t have to be a designated month when writing happens.

Your story can still get written.

I’m calling it. It’s time, right now, to stop concentrating on the past and start thinking about your story.

Maybe that sounds impossible. You’ve been trying all month to just think about the story, but too much thinking and the wordcount doesn’t get met, or you just end up seeing everything that’s wrong with what you’ve already written. And you’re beyond frustrated.

Yep, I see you.

You need a quick, invigorating shower in the words of those who have gone before.

So get ready to snap your head back into writing-readiness with the advice and encouragement of authors, editors, and agents.

17 minutes, and you’ll be raring to write again.

Read the full article at Writing Geekery.

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Want to Help Me Win a Writing Retreat in a Castle, or Win it Yourself?

There’s only two days left to this giveaway, but there’s a contest to send one National Novel Writing Month writer to a castle for November with a bunch of bestselling authors to offer their advice!  You get more entries by referring your friends.  So I’m referring all of you!  As I’m sure most of you know by now, I do NaNoWriMo every year.  This sounds like a dream come true to me and I’d really love to win it.  You can enter, or support my entry, by going to this link or clicking on the pic!  Thanks for your support, all!

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Camp NaNoWriMo Projects

I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo this year, and I’m currently working on four different projects.  So far I’m actually doing pretty well.  I was originally not going to do the contest entry and instead I was going to do my anthology story, but I’ve finished it already.  Here’s my list of projects: Goal: 20,000 words. I’m […]

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