A personal essay about change.
Camila Bonilla is a junior in high school who loves to bring her fictional narratives to life in writing. In middle school, Camila first dabbled in writing when crafting her Friend-fiction stories, featuring her classmates in school. Realizing that the limits in stories were endless, Camila now always stops to wield the power of her pencil when an idea sparks in her head. When not jumping from story to story, she enjoys painting watercolour portraits and making short films with her friends.
Reading inspires me. When I watch stories unravel before my own eyes on a page, I closely observe the author’s stylistic choices beyond the plot itself. I look at the particular words, length of sentences and figurative language. Sometimes when I really like a certain passage in a book, I’ll remember the spot and reread it. This helps me make my own stylistic choices in writing.
This is an excerpt from a larger story that illustrates the life of an aspiring filmmaker.
Sitting in the Dominican countryside, known as El Campo, Agustina plays the guitar with her grandfather. She reflects on her time spent on the island and her anxiety surrounding her soon departure.
The time spent at the rink was too short for me to spend it wallowing in my mistakes.