As many of you will be aware next month is National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo, and this year I have decided that I am going to give it a shot.

I’ve always had stories in my head and have attempted to try and get them down on paper before, but so far I have not been all that successful. I tend to give up or lose focus too easily, so I thought that having a deadline and a set amount of words to work toward would be helpful.

I have been trying my hardest to plan out some of this novel before November, to give myself the best chance, and amongst lots of character profiles and timelines, I had a look on the NaNoWriMo website and discovered that to be able to announce my novel I would need a synopsis.

Now I know where my story is going roughly, but I’m definitely of the mind set that I want it to be fluid, so if something in the story changes whilst I’m writing then that’s fine. That being said I wanted to write a synopsis to get myself prepared for what’s to come, so I made an attempt.

It’s not the best, definitely a work in progress, as is the title I have currently assigned the book, but it’s a start. I think it’ll be easier to write one if I manage to finish the story but it did make it feel like the process was real, like it’ll be that little bith harder to give up half way through because I’ve written it down and set it out into the cosmos. So here it is for your viewing displeasure pleasure…


Not Even The Trees

There are the laws and there are the regulations. Only one regulation must never be broken, do not set foot in the woods.

In a changed world people are expected to conform and live their lives as prescribed by the government. Briar has always lived by the rules but when she ends up running for her life from intruders she has no choice but to break the cardinal rule, and head for the trees.

Finding herself a captive of the woodland colony and desperate to find out the fate of her family, she must adapt to survive and accept that not everything she’s grown up believing is true. After gaining their trust she starts to settle into this new way of life, but all too soon cracks start to show.

Caught in the middle of two rival factions, with secrets and lies on both sides, Briar has to decide who she can trust and how she wants to live.


I’m hoping that it’s understandable at that you can make some sense out of it, but I am aware that I can improve it once I’ve ironed out all the details in the actual novel.

Any advice is always appreciated, and I’d love to hear from anyone who is also hoping to tackle NaNoWriMo this year.


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