In 2015 I took part in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. It was a massive challenge, but I finally won out over the word count.
The book I wrote, The Leaves Are Turning Brown, is terrible. The first two chapters bear little relevance to the rest of the book, even though you will see I really tried to tie them in.
The synopsis says it all really:
“Paranoia, anxiety, borderline schizophrenia. How did this happen? And what does it mean? For one person, the weight of a shattered mind is becoming hard to bear. Deep inside things are changing, but not yet in any noticeable way. A new arrival on the scene could be just the ticket out of this place, but at what cost?
As the summer ends and autumn comes on, the two travel though a range of memories and feelings, trying to get to the heart of it all.”
So, almost a year later, and thinking about NaNoWriMo 2016 I have decided to release this drivel upon the world. In order to read the book in a linear manner just click on the category in the sidebar, and dive in for the least thrilling ride of your life*.
I hope you enjoy at least reading the bad prose, mixed tenses, vocab meltdown, and general language fatigue. It was actually good fun chasing down that word count, and I’m glad I did it.
*self deprecation aside, this is bad writing at it’s best.