NaNoWriMo Day 14: A Teen's Perspective, from Sofia (13)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Hey, I’m Sofia, and I just want to say that NaNoWriMo is really helping my typing skills. In fact, I’m almost one hundred percent positive that by the end of November, I will have calluses on my fingers from typing. Admittedly, this may not be a great thing, but it’s certainly a sign of dedication, right?

After all, writing a novel in a month takes persistence. It’s not for the faint of heart, and certainly not for those without a large supply of caffeinated beverages and a late bedtime.

My daily word count isn’t very high—my mom has already written more on her novel than my word goal for the month—but since I have to balance writing on top of fifty-plus hours a week of high school, college classes, and extracurricular activities, 17,000 words is fine. And I’m already on page fifteen! (Insert girly adolescent squeal of pure, unadulterated joy here.)

The novel I’m writing, Sandra, is about a girl (named Sandra) who lives in an orphanage in Plymouth, England in 1906. When the novel starts, an elderly lady named Cornelia Doubtford adopts Sandra and takes her to live in Longburton, Dorset, England, where Madame Doubtford reveals that she is a witch—and that Sandra herself is in possession of magical powers. Sandra begins developing her powers, but as she does so, she begins to suspect something is amiss. Finally she discovers why a part of her mind had been warning her that something was wrong, and a drastic encounter forces her to choose between two paths: a life of luxury or a life of uncertainty. Which will our heroine choose? You’ll just have to read the book to find that out.

. . . Of course, I’m going to have to write the book before you can do that. . . .

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