Today is Day 7 of NaNoWriMo! We are approaching the end of the first week of this crazy experiment in writing. No matter your word count, you have done a wonderful thing: you have written and words are the world’s true form of magic. Here are my stats:
Word Count Goal: 11, 669
Total Words Written: 29, 759
So close to the 30k mark!!! Tomorrow I work and I do not have any obligations so I will be writing for most of the day.
For today’s post, I want to talk about some best selling novels that start out in NaNoWriMo. It’s nice to know that there is a chance that the draft we put our blood, sweat and tears into during NaNoWriMo can become a published and successful book. In no particular order, here are some titles you may be familiar with that got their start during NaNoWriMo.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
One of my favorite book series, The Lunar Chronicles is a quintet of science fiction novels that derive their inspiration from some of the world’s most beloved fairy tales including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Snow White. In 2008, Marissa Meyer wrote drafts of the first three novels–Cinder, Scarlet and Cress–during one NaNoWriMo session. After much revision, Meyer published Cinder in 2012. Now, three years later, the final novel in the series Winter will be released, making Meyer’s NaNoWriMo journey come full circle.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Prior to Fangirl, Rowell had published two other books–Attachments and Eleanor & Park. Though successful, Rowell really hit her stride with Fangirl, which she wrote during NaNoWriMo 2011. Rowell’s most recent book, Carry On, is a spin-off of Fangirl, following two characters introduced in the novel’s fanfiction story.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This creepy, atmospheric novel was six years in the making. Written over several NaNo’s, Morgenstern eventually formed a novel out of the unrelated words she had written over the years. Though the novel has been severely edited since its inception, The Night Circus is still considered to be one of NaNoWriMo’s biggest success stories.
The three aforementioned novels are just a taste of the published books that got their start as a collection of rough drafts conceived during NaNoWriMo. Let them be an inspiration to you when the month gets tough and the writing becomes hard. Something can come out of this. We just have to work for it.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a great second week of NaNoWriMo. This is the week to catch up if you haven’t already and to recommit yourself to your story and your world.
Until next time, kill your darlings, slay your dragons and keep writing!