The Leaves Are Turning Brown – NaNoWriMo 2015

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 Leaves Are Turning Brown
Cover of my 2015 NaNoWrimMo entry

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.