I, Naty Severson, seem to have an extreme weakness when it comes to being dared. If the dare is not morally questionable and will not hurt others, I have a hard time saying no.
Late one night last summer at a cabin in Northern Minnesota I, as I like to do, began shooting off my over-active mouth claiming that anyone who put their mind to it could write a novel. Sensing an opportunity for a legendary dare, my friends capitalized on my inability to decline a dare and challenged me to write my own novel.
The terms of the dare:
- Write a fiction Trilogy
- The novel must have a modern day setting (i.e. no dystopian or supernatural elements)
- The story must center around a love triangle
- Include 22 specific and totally ridiculous plot points (example: the main character has to be a peanut butter heiress who is allergic to peanuts)
With the terms of the dare set, I started putting plot points together, created an outline, and eventually wrote the first several chapters. To my surprise, my friends not only liked my first chapters… they wanted more.
Well, I wrote a book. To be more accurate a 87,000 word novel.
Before you ask...
- No it's not published... Yet.
- No, it's really unlikely that I would let you read it as it is. But feel free to make a case for yourself as an exception.
- Yes, it's a legit good book.
Why this blog?
I like a good challenge, and I need some fresh ideas. I’m looking for your suggestions!
Let's keep this all above board. This is not an excuse to be...
This is a chance to be...
Fine Print: Like peanut butter and jelly are meant to go together, some dares were just meant for particular people. Therefore, I reserve the right to pass dares on to others for whom they are perfectly suited.
So what dares do you have for me? Submit a dare by leaving a comment on a post. I might just take you up on your dare… as long as it’s wholesome and good-natured.