A Freaking Crazy Writing Challenge

So November begins National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo. It’s this crazy challenge where writers pledge to reach 50,000 words of their novel in the month.

My disjointed thoughts:

How do they expect me to do that? I can’t even… I don’t even write 1,000 words alone some days? How am I even supposed to keep up with my blog? What the heck? Freak out freak out freak out.


However! My work in progress is already started (actually, it’s been started but I’ll talk about that later in the post.) I’ve also been preparing which I’m super proud of myself for. So I thought WHAT THE HECK! I threw caution to the wind and said I’ll do it.

This is a post to tell you guys about the writing project I’m currently working on. It was a link-up created by the wonderful Paper Fury blog and Further Up Further In. These questions were created by them so that we could all see and be encouraged by what everyone was writing.

What inspired the idea of your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I’ve had this idea since high school which is like eight years ago. I actually semi-finished a very very rough draft at that time. I was mostly inspired by what I wanted to read. I was always looking for this story and never finding it fully so I thought I would write it. There was a certain feeling that I always looked for in books. I just wanted to create something that gave me that feeling.

Describe what your novel is about!

It’s about an asylum, a patient, and a talented, young doctor in the hills of Appalachia.

What’s your book’s aesthetic?

Introduce us to your characters.

Wren is my main protagonist. She’s silent on the outside and loud on the inside. The opposite is too big for her. She doesn’t know how she got into the asylum, only that she belongs there.


Carver Kane is promising. He’s heard that word all his life. Yet that doesn’t stop the anxiety attacks and the guilt that sleeps heavy on his chest every night.


How do you prepare to write?

I usually prepare by spontaneously clicking up Scrivener and seeing what comes out. Yet I’ve never had much success so I’ve tried to be smart this time. I am filling out character sheets and outlining. My favorite post of advice on these subjects have been from Abbiee Music Blog. It gave me a great way to outline and an even better character sheet.

I start writing by making myself comfortable. I get in comfortable clothes, find a comfortable hole, put The Office on, and then write.

What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

I’m most excited for the times my main characters are in a room together. They’re cute. I’m also most excited to edit. I’ve always been in rough draft stage and it is NOT MY FAVORITE. I know that I will be good at editing and making better because that’s my favorite part of shorter works. [My favorite place to be while reading is in the middle of a book as well. I love getting comfortable and understanding my plot and characters.] I’m also also most excited about getting it done and all on a page. I want to get these people out of my head.

List three things about your novel’s setting.

  1. Forgotten mansion set in the hills of West Virginia.
  2. Doctors obsessed with experimental progress.
  3. Tea parties and ice baths.

What’s your character’s goal and who or what stands in the way?

They want desperately to not be scared any more. Wren stands in the way of herself. Carver sometimes stands in the way of Wren because his past stands in the way of him. And a very bad man stands in the way of them both.

How does your character change by the end of the novel?

Wren gets to be louder and she gets a gun.

What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

The book’s themes are redemption, psychological violence,and retaliation. I want readers to feel super psyched that they read it!

So that’s it! These answers are all subject to change because I haven’t planned out my book to that extent.

Let’s chat! If you write, I would love to hear if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo! I would also love to hear about what you write in general if you’re not participating!




About Leah

Hi! I'm Leah. I like books, TV, and plants. I love writing about it all. Earnest Hemmingway said "Write hard and clear about what hurts," and I aspire to do just that. Thanks for reading!

6 Responses

  1. I’ve only really heard about NaNoWriMo a week or so ago, but I think I will definitely have a go next year! I’m about 20,000 words into the current novel I’m writing at the moment 🙂 Was great reading your answers to these questions!

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  2. Rachel

    I got so excited reading about your story and had this big grin on my face. I can tell how much love you have for your characters by the way you describe them. The parts that I read of your draft a few years ago took my breath away. I love what’s in your head! You’ve got this challenge!

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