90+ Published Novels Began as NaNoWriMo Projects

By Jason Boog Comment

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) relaunched its website as writers around the globe prepare to write a 50,000-word novel draft in November. The writing marathon organizers counted more than 90 published novels that began as NaNoWriMo projects.

The updated NaNoWriMo site added new new badges and upcoming pep talks from writers like Marissa Meyer and Nick Hornby. The site also added a wide range of NaNoWriMo merchandise, everything from clothing to thermoses to pencils to pre-sale winner shirts.

UPDATE: We discussed the writing marathon on the Morning Media Menu today as well. Press play below to listen.

Here’s more from the release: “With NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program, that community crosses age boundaries into K-12 classrooms around the globe. The YWP allows kids and teens to set their own word-count goals, and offers educators high-quality free resources to get nearly 100,000 students writing original, creative works. Although the event emphasizes creativity and adventure over creating a literary masterpiece, more than 90 novels begun during NaNoWriMo have since been published, including Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and Cinder by Marissa Meyer, all #1 New York Times Best Sellers.”

NaNoWriMo writers produced three billion words last year. We shared writing tips all through November. Follow this link to read our NaNoWriMo writing tips from 2011.

This year, we will once again publish one NaNoWriMo writing tip every day during November to celebrate the annual writing marathon.

If you are looking to warm up for the marathon, enter our free writing contest and rewrite a page from a Victorian vampire novel for fun and prizes.