#ROW80 Update – 16 October

Hello, and welcome to a Round of Words in 80 Days – the writing challenge that knows you have a life. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then you can find more information at the website.

I shared my goals post last week but due to various things, never actually shared it anywhere. So here’s a link.

So how did I go on this first week?

The plan: 

Brainstorm Beauty and the Beast retelling from beginning to end.


Ehhh… Yeah, kinda. Actually, I got myself all angsty about this and so there were a couple of days where I didn’t write at all.

I can actually see myself making the same mistakes I’ve made before. I have discovered that I work best when I have a small cast of characters and not too many scenes. With Operation: Sugarplum, my breakthrough was realising I could ignore a whole section of the original story and still have a recognisable retelling of The Nutcracker.

I think that’s what I need to do with Beauty and the Beast. A “beast” of some kind who asks a question every night and is told no, possibly invisible servants… enough to give the gist, and then put my own spin on it.

This morning I started outlining to see where that takes me, rather than trying to figure everything out in a brainstorming session. The change of tack was good, and I feel better about it now.

Coming week’s goals: 

  • Outline the Beauty and the Beast retelling.
  • Expand the outline for the Sleeping Beauty story (fill in additional scenes , add more detail)

The Sleeping Beauty story outline has not even been typed up yet, so I’m sure it will evolve as I get it onto the computer.

Also, if you’re doing NaNoWriMo, come be my buddy!

See you next week!

Published by Emily Wrayburn

She/Her. Writer. Reader. Blogger. Hufflepuff. Theatre nerd.

2 thoughts on “#ROW80 Update – 16 October

  1. Good luck brainstorming a book from Chapter One to The End. That’s not something I can do. Half to 2/3 maybe, and by then I’ve thrown in enough ‘curves’ that any brainstorming is obsolete.


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