NaNoWriMo is a charity organisation that aims to get people to write  by encouraging entrants to write 50 000 words in the month of November. This seems like a daunting task, but with a good attitude, determination and discipline – not to mention the encouraging words and advice that the NaNoWriMo organisation provides – it becomes easier than it looks.

NaNoWriMo has helped many novelists to launch their first novel. Over 250 novels have been published in the years that the initiative has been running. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and Wool by Hugh Howey are among the most noteworthy of these.

Water for Elephants follows a veterinary school drop-out who finds himself in a circus. The story is told from the memories of the main character, Jacob, as an old man in a nursing home and describes his life in the circus. He discovers types love and hardship that not many people face in their lives.

The Night Circus, another story that is centred on a traveling circus, follows the lives of two protégés of the two owners of the circus. Unbeknownst to the main characters, Celia and Marco, they are being trained to defeat each other in a magical battle.

Wool is the first instalment of a series called Silo. On a future earth, the only survivors live in an underground bunker, unable to escape to the poisonous atmosphere of Earth’s surface. This best-seller is filled with action and mystery.

Aspiring novelists or those simply interested in taking up writing as a hobby can sign up at



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