Entry 12: Starting the Rewrite and edit of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast

I’ve never been good about keeping a journal. It all boils down to consistency. There are days when I skip making an entry. Life can crowd out the time I need to write down my thoughts about a day’s events. I’ve also been reluctant to pose as an expert on the writing process. If I knew anything of value about writing, my work would already be in print. I went out on a skinny limb of a tall in 2022 when I shared my 365 days of thankfulness. The exercise forced me to put myself out there with my soft belly exposed. Thank you for joining me on my journey in the written word. Therefore, I plan to keep a journal in 2023 to document my progress. I will call Entry 12: Starting the Rewrite and edit of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast.

Note: I consider editing an important part of the writing process. Editing is where all the artistry happens.

The project I am working on now while doing Entry 12: Starting the Rewrite and edit of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast

I did a rewrite of the prologue this morning. I forgot that I started the book with Maggie Plumber’s account of the events that led to Will being turned into a Rougarou by his ex-fiance and a voodoo priestess. S he also provides a brief family history. These events are told in the first-person narrative point of view. Most of my other writing has been done in the third-person point of view. I chose to do these stories this way because I needed the characters to have limited information about the plot. I wanted them to tell their side of the story about events from a unique perspective. For instance, Mazie won’t know Will is a Rougarou until the story unravels.

What is a Rougarou, you might ask? It is a Louisiana werewolf. Will is a self-involved jerk in his younger years. He leaves a woman at the altar that he should never have agreed to marry in the first place. She seeks revenge. He also carried guilt from an incident in the French Quarter years before when he was still a college student. Mazie Buchanan is the solution for finding his way back to establishing his humanity and relieving his guilt. The big question is can he make Mazie fall in love with him?

The book I am currently reading while writing entry 12: Starting the Rewrite and edit of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast.

I found four books Alexander McCall Smith wrote in Isabel Dalhousie Series at a local bookstore. I’ve read several of Smith’s books in The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency Series. I am reading one of these books titled The Lost Art of Gratitude. I am not very far into the book. I’m hoping not to be disappointed because I enjoyed the other series so much.

What I’m listening to today while writing entry 12: Starting the Rewrite and edit of Amazing Buchanan and the Beast

The house is silent right now. There are times when I prefer it that way. I wasn’t in the mood to listen to music today. Instead, I preferred to listen to what the words were telling me.  

The thing I am most thankful for at this moment.

I am grateful that Rooster, the granddaughters, and I had dinner with the Governor of Indiana last night. We weren’t exactly invited. He was in town to attend a basketball game and ate at the Cone Palace when we happened to be there. I wonder what sort of political backroom deals were made during his visit.

This old lady says

I am excited to get started on this new project. I am doing a different sort of writing. The Saving the Henhouse Series is filled with folksy humor. I’m shooting for heartache, romance, and redemption in the pages of the series I will be working on now. I feel comfortable with the former, but I’m a little worried about the latter. This project will require me to dig deep to create the right emotion on these pages I’m working on now. I wish everyone a fantastic writing adventure today.

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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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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