National Novel Writing Month challenge proves successful for Potomac sixth-grader -- Gazette.Net


When Macafie Bobo, 11, heard that November was National Novel Writing Month and students could participate, she was ready to hit the keyboard, taking on the challenge of completing a novel in just 30 days.

She met her goal and now has a published novel, “Second Rate Gods,” as proof.

Macafie’s story follows lesser gods, created in her imagination, in a fight to save civilization.

The book abstract, which she and her father Jack Bobo wrote, reads:

“When the greatest storm in the history of the world threatens to destroy all mankind, the gods of Olympus are nowhere to be found. Instead, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of a forgotten group of gods who were cast out of Olympus—the Rejected Gods.

“Aphrobite, the vampire cousin of the more famous and more beautiful goddess of love, Aphrodite, hears a prophecy about the coming storm and a hero who just might save the day. This quest could be Aphrobite’s chance at everlasting fame and glory or it could mean her death.”

Macafie said she has long been interested in Greek mythology.

“I love mythology, so it was a great topic for me,” she said. “It was fun, I made up a bunch of new names for the characters.”

Jack Bobo said the story is structured like a standard myth with heroes and a quest with several goals and barriers. Macafie also said she has been writing for as long as she can remember and her writing career may have started seriously in second grade.

“When I was in second grade, in the French program at Maryvale [Elementary School, Rockville] they had a poetry writing contest,” she said. “I got first place.”

She said she would like to be a neurosurgeon when she grows up — “I really like brains,” she said — but would also like to continue her writing.

National Novel Writing Month is a nonprofit, that “believes your story matters,” according to its website,

“[It is] a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing.”

Adult participants must complete a 50,000-word novel between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30 to be “winners.”

Students, though, can determine their own word count goal, Macafie said. She settled on 10,000 words and said she wrote most days of the month. Students who complete their novels and meet their word goal receive five free copies of their book in published form, she said.

“I actually ended up with 15,000 words,” Macafie said. “When I write, I like to write a lot. Sometimes it was hard for me to stop, to have an end. This time I had to restrain myself.”

“Second Rate Gods” is available in both hard copy and as an ebook on