Extraordinary Books that Started as Humble Nanowrimo Novels

Posted November 30, 2015 by Carlisa in Bookish Thoughts, Let's Talk / 3 Comments

November is almost over. BAH. What the heck. Anyway, with November came the ever-so-popular and simultaneously ever-so-stressful event known as Nanowrimo, or National Novel Writing Month. The point is basically to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Which can seem like a pretty daunting task, but it’s pretty awesome if you ask me. Although I’ve never actually done it myself (it’s on my bucket list, don’t you worry).

But there have been some amazing novels written and published that are the products of Nanowrimo. Seriously, some of these are all-time favorites of mine. So I just wanted to spotlight some of them that I know!

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Cinder, Scarletand Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard


For a more complete list of all the traditionally-published Nanowrimo novels, click here.


  • Molly

    I love seeing what books started during NaNoWriMo, it’s definitely inspiring 🙂

  • This completely blows by mind! I cannot really fathom writing an entire book in a month, especially something coherent. I have always secretly wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo, but I have always had some excuse to wait until the next year (like I do not have the time, my writing is not good enough, or something along those lines). So, it amazes me that people can write books in a month and they are good enough to be published. I mean, the Lunar Chronicles are some of my favorite books, and I never thought that their amazingness could have been written in a mere 30 days.

  • Cecilie Blomberg

    Wow! This is amazing. On this list is some of the greatest books I have ever read. I can’t believe they started out as NaNoWriMo novels. Mind is blown!
    I have never had the dream of becomming a writer. I like to listen to others more than make up my own stories. Still, I am very greateful that someone wants to do that 😉