November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo!

Every year during the month of November writers from across the globe (and any aliens living on other planets who have Wi-Fi) attempt to write 50,000 words in the span of one single month. Not all who attempt the feat win, in fact I have lost a total of nine times— my mom is not proud. To help give you some inspiration as you write your novel, check out these books which were written during NaNoWriMo, and be sure to check out our NaNoWriMo resources!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

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Wool by Hugh Howey

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. In a society full of regulations meant to protect the community, Sheriff Holston, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: he asks to go outside. An unlikely candidate is appointed to replace him: Juliette, a mechanic with no training in law, whose special knack is fixing machines. Now Juliette is about to be entrusted with fixing her silo, and she will soon learn just how badly her world is broken.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in the first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmates who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Price Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Jacob Jankowski, a veterinary student suddenly finds himself among grifters and misfits at a second-rate circus struggling to survive the Great Depression. It’s at the circus where he meet Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

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Need some help writing? Check out these books.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott offers a step-by-step guide on how to write and how to manager the writer’s life. Everything from getting started to dialogue to how do you know when you’re done.

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Who else to get better advice from then one of the best selling authors of all time. Stephen King reflects on how his writing has helped him through difficult times and what tools of the trade that you need to become a writer.

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