We’re halfway through November, and I’m over halfway through writing my Novel. If you remember, this year, for NaNoWriMo, I decided to retell the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. I placed the story in a modern setting. The action happens in a bayou outside the city of New Orleans. My beast is a Rougarou, which is a Louisiana werewolf. The woman who he left at the alter placed him under a curse. The only way for him to put an end to the nightmare and turn back into a normal man is for him to make a woman fall in love with the beast before he turns thirty. The big day is approaching, and that’s when Amazing Buchanan comes into the Rougarou”s life. NaNoWriMo 2021 is a challenge, but I am having fun with the story.
My progress doing NaNoWriMo 2021
I am writing this on the 15th day of the month, and according to the calculator, I have written 31,891 words. They aren’t perfect words, but they are turning into a story I didn’t have when I started. During all the COVID drama, I seem to have lost my ability to create a long novel. I will finish the 50,000-word challenge by the end of the month as long as I don’t run into a serious case of writer’s block. Word Daddy is complaining, but that is to be expected. He is a somewhat lazy muse who believes he is underpaid. I will confess that he works for chicken feed, but then again, so am I.
I found A Little Golden Book at n antique shop with the Disney Beauty and the Beast story inside the day before NaNoWriMo started. I bought it for inspiration. NaNoWriMo 2021 has been good for me this year. I was feeling so uninspired after recovering from COVID. For the past year, I have been doing a lot of editing. I needed to write a new story from beginning to end to get my creative juices flowing. After all the lockdowns, fear, and finally coming down with the virus, this story comes as a blessing.
Who is Molly Shea?
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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