Debut Novels

Your Debut and You: Six Debut Novels to Get You Through NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, in case you were wondering. Every November, writers from all over the world endeavor to write 50,000 words of their novel in thirty days. To join them, you need to do just one thing: write! Whether you’re a seasoned novelist or a novice, November is the perfect opportunity to let that thought buzzing around in your head fly onto paper.

Our Popular Literature team has curated a collection of debut novels from Strozier’s Pop Lit section to provide inspiration and motivation for the coming month. Even renowned faculty were once in your shoes – notice any beloved FSU creative writing professors in the mix? So, this month, do not be discouraged. Instead be excited about where your writing journey can take you.

Below is a small selection of the debuts we have to offer. Mostly Dead Things is our most recent addition, and we are excited to have it available for check-out within the coming month.

Mostly Dead Things, by Kristen Arnett
Cosmic Hotel, by Russ Franklin
The Star Side of Bird Hill, by Naomi Jackson
The Impossible Fortress, by Jason Rekulak
The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende
The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy

This collection proves that your first novel – or your second, third, or however many it takes to get to your debut – can be thought-provoking, hard-hitting, or even award-winning but, most of all, it can be anything you, as its author, need it to be. Whatever you write this November, let it be authentically you; the rest will come in time.

Although the Popular Literature section is unavailable for browsing, any of our books are accessible through pick-up via the materials request form or curbside pick-up.

Happy writing!


National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 and officially became a nonprofit organization, geared towards supporting literacy and education, in 2006. You can learn more about their organization here.