By MARDI BERRYMAN
During the month of November Troy Buchanan High School’s creative writing students participated in National Novel Writing Month. The students all had a goal of 12,000 words, however two students challenged themselves and went beyond that objective.
“I started writing it and by probably 6,000 words I hadn’t hit anything that was interesting,” Allison Vanderbeck said. “I didn’t think I’d make it to 15,000, but then I still didn’t hit the ending, so I ended up writing like 16,000 words.”
Creative writing students each handpicked the subject of their story. Some students wrote from their imagination, while others were inspired by history or the world around them.
“I was inspired by 9/11. I put myself in the story as a survivor,” Carli-Shae Dake said. “I definitely plan to write more books in the future. I love writing.” While both Dake and Vanderbeck enjoy writing, coming up with 12,000 words still presented many challenges.
“It was fun, but ultimately very stressful because I was writing almost 1,000 words every day to make up for what I didn’t write on the weekends,” Vanderbeck said.
Creative writing teachers Sarah Geerling and Lindsey Williams plan to publish these books for the students as a reward for their dedication and hard work.
The idea of having their work published filled the students with a mix of emotions.
“It feels really good [to be getting my book published],” Vanderbeck said. “I’m also really nervous though because this is the first time I’ve ever written anything and kept with it.”