LIMA — Sarah Bowers’ road to becoming a writer began at age 10 when she sat down and just started typing.
Out came a story, a mystery actually.
“My dad read it and said it was good and that I should pursue writing,” the Apollo Career Center senior said. “I decided on that day that I wanted to become a writer.”
Bowers has written a few 25,000-word short stories, and several smaller stories, but last year embarked on a full, 50,000-word novel. She used the website of the National Novel Writing Month in November to write “The Beckoning of Wind.” The program gives writers a month to complete a novel, setting daily writing goals.
“I have always wanted to write a novel, but could never sit there and do it,” she said. “With this, I was determined to do it. It was very motivating.”
The novel is a fiction fantasy story about believing in yourself and making the right choices. The main character faces being forced into the traditional mother and wife role until she goes on a journey to find what truly makes her happy.
Next Bowers has to do some editing on the novel. While it would be nice to get it published, she says it is not the most important thing.
“I don’t write for others, I write for myself,” she said. “But I would like to share it with other people.”
Bowers plans to major in English at The Ohio State University in Columbus. She wants to continue to write, but also go into publishing. Her goal is to run a company that publishes books featuring various writers.
Bowers’ creativity also led her to Apollo. She’s in the school’s floral design and interiors program.
“I like to think of myself as a creative person,” she said. “I wanted something where I could go and express myself. I didn’t want to do the same thing every day.”
Bowers is secretary of the school’s FFA chapter. She will soon begin blogging about her experiences at the school. Her writing talents led school officials to ask her to contribute.
“I was asked how the school could better communicate with kids, and I said the website could see some improvements,” she said.
Aside from writing, Bowers has found time for community service. She helped serve Christmas meals at the Christian Corner Community Center.
“I loved it,” she said. “I felt like I was really helping someone. They were so warm and just so grateful to have had the meal. It felt really rewarding.”
Student writer finishes novel