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This definitely happened after I finished the Harry Potter series.
Which books are topping your wish list this year?
Oh, look who we found! “Said the raven—wingardium leviosa!“
Happy Day One of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!
Have you ever thought about writing a novel? November may be the month for you!
If you are new to NaNoWriMo and are curious about the project, here’s what the official NaNoWriMo page has to say about it:
National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.
Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.
As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.
In 2011, we had 256,618 participants and 36,843 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.
Getting involved in NaNoWriMo is easy, either as a writer or a supporter of the participants in your region. If you wish to be counted as a writer during this month, be sure to sign up and track your writing at the NaNoWriMo page. Though it is a U.S. National Novel Writing Month, writers from all over the world are allowed to participate. At least two of the Grammarly staff are going to be involved with NaNoWriMo; why not join us?
10 Novels That Deserve a Prequel by Emily Temple
1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
McCarthy’s bleak post-apocalyptic trek never answers the question that was tugging at us the entire time — what happened to the world? Though we’re not sure we exactly want to know, we think a book about the slow destruction of the world written by McCarthy would be terrible and harrowing and perfect.
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
We hear Gatsby’s origin story — more or less — in the novel, but now that we’re over the reveal, we’d definitely read an entire book about it. All that bootlegging, class struggle and forbidden romance is sure to make for a rip-roaring novel.
3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Most characters Holden Caulfield’s age don’t need an origin story (they are the origin story), but with this fellow we still have questions we want answered. Maybe it’s just the story of that elusive and departed Allie Caulfield, whose story, not to mention his thoughts, might shine some deliciously satisfying light on his elder brother. Plus, it’d be a tragedy, and we love those.
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Randle Patrick McMurphy is a hero (or anti-hero, jury’s still out) for the ages, and we’ve always felt that we didn’t get enough of him trapped in that mental institution. We’d love a novel spanning a few years of McMurphy free in the wild world, getting into more kinds of trouble than we can even imagine.
5. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Come on, don’t you want to know what happened to little Ahab to make him such a crazed megalomaniac? There’s the leg and all, sure, but how was his relationship with his father? Just wondering.
6. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Thackeray’s novel begins at the end of Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley’s tenure at Miss Pinkerton’s Academy for Young Ladies — huge mistake, as far as we’re concerned. We love the idea of Becky a tough academy for girls, sneaking about and engaging in social warfare. After all, she clearly picked all up those dubious social skills somewhere…
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
We would kill to read the story of the first Giver, the one who was there at the moment when the world decided it couldn’t bear its own knowledge and feelings any longer and had to pile them into one person alone. Now that’s some serious angst.
8. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
You know you want to see what Sherlock Holmes was like in high school. We’re imagining it kind of like Gossip Girl, but with better pranks and even wittier repartee.
9. No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
Again with the origin stories (and again with McCarthy), we know, but we’d be fascinated to read about what the sociopathic Anton Chigurh was like as a younger man — where did his brutal, strange code and near complete lack of empathy come from? Has he ever been in love? These are questions worth exploring.
10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Though Huxley plunges us into the future, we’d be interested in a prequel somewhere between here and there — if only so we can know what to look out for. Plus, we think such an unstable, transitional world might make for a lot of drama, not to mention end badly.
What books would you add to this list?