I started to get nervous as the first of November approached. NaNoWriMo drew close, and I hadn’t the first idea what to write about or where to start. I have participated in the write a book in a month challenge since 2014. That was the year I first heard about the task of writing a 50,000-word book in a month. I don’t know if my procrastination was due to the pandemic or If I’d gotten so busy with my blog that I hadn’t given it much thought. I’ve been caught up with editing and blogging for the past year. I read a post by D. Wallace Peach, and the NaNoWriMo 2021 quandary came to an end.
How D. Wallace Peach brought the NaNoWriMo 2021 quandary to an end
I enjoy stopping by D. Wallace Peach’s blog. She does great book reviews and gives helpful writing advice. When I read her post about rewriting a Fairytale, I knew I wanted to try this for NaNoWriMo 2021. I reread Beauty and the Beast several times, did a little New Orleans folklore research, and figured out I could make my story fit. I’d had the fragment of a possible plot rambling around in my head for a month, but I didn’t see how I could make it work until I applied it to this ancient fairytale. I even have a title now. Amazing Buchanan and the Beast will become this year’s project.
Why it was important for me to move beyond the NaNoWriMo 2021 quandary
There are several reasons why NaNoWriMo has become an important part of my writing journey. Firstly, I find the act of the writer’s from all over the world taking up this unique challenge to become immersed in the power of the world of a story inspiring. The power of the story has always been important in my life. All of the creativity when writers are band together in this creative pursuit has got to send a lot of powerful energy into the universe. Secondly, this challenge helps me to get away from The Henhouse series. I get to create new characters and explore different plots and genres. Right now, I am in deep editing mode. I went back to book one and applied everything I’ve learned over the past ten years. I’m also editing a NaNoWriMo book of short stories I wrote years ago. It will be fun to get lost in the creation of something new.
Diving into the NaNoWriMo 2021 quandary
Will I be able to pull off a fifty-thousand-word book this year? I don’t know. I think it all depends on if I fall in love with the story. At this stage of the game, I’ve only developed an intense like for the characters. I’m still a little leary of the plot. This year’s project will be a romance. I will know by mid-November if I have enough momentum to finish. Pansters don’t do a lot of outlining. We like to watch the story unfold while we type. This style type means we are required to do a lot of editing after we finish. I will do periodic updates throughout the month. Wish me luck.
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Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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