National Novel Writing Month–Fangirl

One of my favorite young adult novels, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, began as a NaNoWriMo project. Keep reading to find out a little about the book and for some encouragement from Rainbow Rowell about your own writing.

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In Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Here’s a pep talk from the brilliant and lovely Rainbow Rowell:

https://nanowrimo.org/pep-talks/rainbow-rowell

 

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts.Is that what she’s supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

For other novels that explore the idea of alternate realities, check these out:

World War Z by Max Brooks

11/22/63 by Stephen King

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid