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When I was a teen…

I am posting online a novel I wrote as a teenager — 30 years ago — and will rewrite it, a chapter at a time.

When I was 14, I wrote a 200,000 word novel in longhand, in pencil, three years after I had learned English.

That first novel was, not too surprisingly, unpublished. But decades later, I finally mustered the courage to look at it and found it … not too bad. Oh, the writing is sometimes appalling, but the characters and the plot hold together very well.

So I have put together a panel of teen advisers who will offer commentary and suggestions on each chapter as it is posted. After reading and considering their comments, I will rewrite the novel, chapter by chapter, until it is done.

I am hoping that anyone interested in the craft of writing, as well as middle school and high school language teachers and librarians, will join in for the ride.

The blog is at:


About AlmaAlexander

I'm a scientist by education, a duchess by historical accident and an author who shares writing tips and glimpses of a writer's life, the mundane and the magic

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