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*throws confetti and invites you all to the pizza party*

Okay, yes, I have a writing update. As I mentioned in my last post, my mom and I have decided each to write a novella in three months (roughly fifty-thousand words). We’re holding each other accountable and cheering one another on. You’ll be able to learn more about my mom’s (really, really cool) WIP on her new blog. I am writing a YA fantasy (big surprise, right?) but it is not my portal fantasy, One Light Shining. It’s a NEW BOOK! I had the rough idea for this story a couple years ago, but it actually flopped because I didn’t take the time to develop the outline. I didn’t know where it was going.

When we began this adventure, I decided to give it a closer look and, WOW, has this little story taken me along for a fun ride. 🙂

Ready for the synopsis? Okay.

Talia has lived her whole life in the mountains, sheltered from every conflict of her world, including the threats against her family’s faith in Adonai. But the world is brought to her doorstep, and her family is thrust into a battle against the king’s “reformation” efforts, designed to change their beliefs any way he can.

The son of a reformer and a reformer himself, Owen was assigned as a spy to the mountain folk, and was ultimately responsible for the arrest of Talia and her family. But this has never been a simple task for him. His brother is a Follower, in hiding. Owen swore to protect him, and this does not make his job easy. The responsibility he feels he owes to Talia is dangerous – could get him killed. But can he ignore it?

Talia watches as Owen struggles to find where his loyalties lie. Owen watches as a broken young woman must choose between freedom and faith. And neither one expects victory.

So, it’s a very rough draft of a synopsis, but you get the idea. It’s the first time I’ve written a book in the fantasy genre that did not involve a portal or time travel. 🙂

Now, on to a snippet or two. After all, it’s been a long time since I had a writing update to share with you all. 😉

A cold October wind barreled down from the high country early that year. The turning leaves shuddered, the birds went silent. The nuts and berries were sure to expire early as well. And for anybody living in the Barton Mountains, that meant a hasty and efficient harvest.

As I watched the whey drip from the cheese which hung from a wooden peg on the wall, I thought about the nut and berry gathering. Father would undoubtedly send us just as soon as he and Aaron returned from hunting – their final hunt of the season, most likely, higher up in the mountains. So, after taking the broom to our dirt floor, with cold fingers, I gathered up the baskets.

I thought I would have one more, until I remembered I haven’t uploaded the second file from my word processor onto the computer. 😉 So, one more will have to wait.

Wow. I haven’t been writing really at all in the past five months, so in the past week alone, I’ve written a little over twenty-thousand words. Since this is a novella, I’m already looking on to the plan for the climax/ending. Later this week or next, I’d like to do another update on this, and formally introduce my two main characters. They’re different in some ways from any characters I’ve written before (that’s probably a good thing), so it’s been challenging and fun to get into each of their heads through a first person POV.

And there’s also a particular secondary character I’m really excited about. She was unplanned. Don’t know where she came from. But she’s already got her own subplot going, and has become a huge blessing to the MC.

Don’t you just love secondary characters???

That’s about it, I’m afraid! But one blog post can’t convey my excitement to be writing again. Be sure to check out my mom’s blog, as she will be posting some details about her upcoming novella as well! EEEPPPP! SUCH FUN BOOK THINGS.

Let’s chat! What are you currently writing? What’s your take on secondary characters? Are they useful? Fun? Annoying? All of the above? 🙂



Hannah Gaudette is a home-school teen living in the hills of New England. When she’s not writing stories or training dogs, it’s a safe bet you can find her with some other animal, like cats. She’s a life-enthusiast who loves the ocean and The Piano Guys. Enough said.

6 thoughts on “IT’S A WRITING UPDATE! AT LAST!

  1. This story looks so cool, Hannah!
    Let’s see… right now I’m writing too many stories to count, but I think the one I’m most planning on finishing is called Aspects, and a snippet of it was included in my 777 challenge post. My take on secondary characters is that they are vastly important, because without them, the main character just has trouble doing anything, and will seem either OP or boring. They’re definitely useful, sometimes fun, and usually annoying because they keep yammering away at me in my head about how they should help the MC this way or that way. XD Characters, am I right?

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