Have any of you young writers out there heard of NaNo? (http://www.nanowrimo.org/en/about/whatisnano) If not, you should! It’s a program for writers, a challenge to write 50 thousand words in just the month of November. This is my first year doing it, and I’m at 21260 words. I’ll be posting regular updates on my progress!
Now, you are probably wondering what I am writing? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s a christian historical fiction story set in the early 1800s. I’ll let the brief synopsis and excerpt posted on the NaNo site do the rest of the talking.
Abby and Grace are twins, enslaved on Marabeth Plantation in the early 1800s. Their parents are dead, their younger sister sold. The two of them only have each other left to survive and try to find what true freedom is. But the journey is long and hard. In the process they are beaten, sold, and even separated before they find that true freedom is only found in Christ.
Grace watched, riveted, as her father screamed in pain as the overseer brought the whip down over and over on his exposed back. Her babyish, deep brown eye filled with tears and spilled down her cheeks, and she too felt like screaming along with him, feeling his pain. Grace opened her small mouth, but no words came out. Subconsciously, she wondered if someone of her young age had ever felt such pain. She knew she should do something, get someone to help, fetch Ma, Abby, anyone. But already a circle of people stood around the whipping post, watching silently. There was nothing anyone could do when Overseer Boris punished someone. Instead, Grace could only watch, unable to turn away from horror scene which took place before her. Blood splattered the ground nearby. It was as if her tearfilled eyes could not move away from what she saw.
“Lord, help us.”
*Whispers* A little later you might find me posting the whole prologue on here. 😉