Catholic Friendly Paranormal Fiction & NaNoWriMo

October 16, 2021


I've been saying the 54 day Rosary Novena for 14 days now.  And I feel that my increased devotion to the Blessed Mother is helping me gain some much needed clarity.

I will talking about this more in next week's video, but I wanted to hit a few key points here in this post.

The Clarity I Gained

Ever since I can remember, I've been interested in the paranormal.  

I like popular movies like Deliver Us From Evil, the Exorcist and the Conjuring series.  I've had first hand experience with what some people call "the other side."  I was once a very serious paranormal investigator,  I have read a range of books on the demonic and a fair amount of paranormal fiction.

I also write in that genre.

My writing now is very different from the writing I did when I was involved in the New Age and occult but most of it revolves around the very same themes.

While the themes I write about haven't really changed, however, my perspective is very different.  And the more popular books and media I consume, the more disagreement I see between my beliefs and those expressed in the mainstream.  

For example.  I don't think God and Satan are evenly matched.  I don't think that magic is a thing or that there is a positive "energy" we can draw upon to empower ourselves.  I don't believe in the law of attraction or other occult concepts.  And I don't believe that we can overcome evil without God's help.

This makes writing paranormal fiction tricky.  But I still want to do it.  Partially because I love it.  And partially I keep tripping over the subtle and not so subtle messaging in popular paranormal media.  This has happened so many times over the last couple of weeks, in fact, that it got me thinking about my own (stalled) paranormal novel.

I'll talk more about that in next week's video.  What I want to share here is that I feel like my awareness of this messaging was heightened by my increased devotion to Mary.  And that this awareness makes me want to write a paranormal novel which is, if not Catholic specific, at least Catholic friendly.

I will still be finishing the testimony ebook and hope to spend the month of December doing just that.  But for the remainder of this month and next I'm going to take my paranormal novel off the back burner and write my first draft.  

And I'm happy to say that I came across something this week that may help me do it.

Comitting to NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo).  

The basic idea of NaNoWriMo is that novelists commit to writing 50,000 words in one month.  Every November thousands of novelists start with a brand new idea and end up with a first draft.  Others take an existing idea, or a beginning they've been struggling with, and write 50,000 words to finish it.

I have always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo.  And I always miss it.  Except that, this year, I didn't.  Probably because I had been laying the groundwork without even knowing it.

In early October I started thinking a lot about popular media and how nice it would be to finish the paranormal novel I started earlier this year.  Why not, I asked myself, put something out there that doesn't directly contradict spiritual truth as I know it?

I couldn't think of any reason why I shouldn't give it another shot.  Fiction is, after all, what I do best and these are the themes I like to write about.

So I went back to the novel I'd set aside. I even sent a couple of excerpts to my son to get his take.  Which is a step I have never made before.

The working title of the new  novel is The Demon Tracker.  As the title suggests it is about demons but is also about the Catholic faith.  I have been struggling with the concept for a while - which is the real reason, I think, that I jumped ship.  

But the really cool thing is this.  The day after I went back to the manuscript I got an email about NaNoWriMo.

It seemed like what I needed, exactly.

Where Mary Fits In


I'm not saying, or even implying, that the Blessed Mother is calling me to write paranormal fiction because I don't think that's the case.  But I do think that my increased devotion to Mary has made me more sensitive to the problems that people of faith have with many of shows and films and books that focus on the paranormal.

Maybe people of faith shouldn't watch or read (or write) that stuff.  But the fact is, many do.

I believe that much of what is available in that genre distorts the truth.  It is just entertainment, of course.  But it is entertainment with a message that essentially opposes many of the tenets of the Catholic faith.

I don't know if the Blessed Mother approves of what I'm writing or not.  I do think, however, that she would want me to do what I do in a way that doesn't directly contradict what her Son has taught.  And that the increased sensitivity I'm gaining, through my devotion to her, might help me do that.

I talk a lot about the faith both here - and on YouTube - and I intend to continue.  But I am not an apologist or a Bible scholar or a religious.  I am a popular writer.

I think that I'm finally beginning to understand that I can be who I am and not compromise my beliefs.  So, in November, I'm going to give NaNoWriMo a shot.

Please check back throughout November for updates and excerpts!
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For more about NaNoWriMo you can check out NaNoWriMo.org or visit my profile here.

For more on my creative journey please see the following post: The Season of Being Creative.

For more on Catholic friendly paranormal fiction please see my Catholic Paranormal Fiction post.

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