National Novel Writing Month, Round 2

If you keep up with my ramblings on this site you probably know that I am planning to write a web serial as soon as I can get it off the ground. It’s a Norse  Mythology based story that, in the end, will be about the length of a short novel. My original plan was to write one chapter/section at a time, and then release them as they were written. I’ve opted to do things a bit differently. This method would have been fine except for the fact that I would only have a couple weeks to write, re-write, and edit each chapter. So I’ve decided to write the whole first draft in one go and then do my re-writes and edits over the next year. This will save a lot of time and make the actual release of the project much less stressful.

Since my change of plans lines up nicely with November, I’ve decided to try writing “Loki’s Gambit” (working title) during National Novel Writing Month! For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is an event put on every November by a nonprofit of the same name (formerly known as The Office of Letters and Light). The goal of the event is to write a novel of 50,000 words during the month of November. If you manage to start and finish 50,000 words, you are considered a winner for that year! You don’t have to finish the whole novel, just the word count. The idea is to inspire yourself to be creative and accomplish something awesome. The final product will likely need tons of editing, as most first drafts do, but regardless of whether you ever take it to the final draft stage you do manage to do something pretty awesome. I wrote a novel in 2009 and it was a really great experience. This time around it may be a bit more tough because I am taking a couple classes and will (hopefully) have a job. My job in 2009 allowed me to do a bit of writing at work on night shifts which really helped.

I am extremely excited to take part in NaNoWriMo again this year and even more excited to try releasing a web serial in January. Thanks to those of you who read my blog, I will definitely be posting updates about the process throughout November. Wish me luck! And best of luck to all of you novelists out there!

Check out the NaNoWriMo site, if you’re interested in learning more: http://nanowrimo.org/dashboard

More Little Willie

In my attempts to keep writing every day I’ve been writing quite a few Little Willie poems. On days where I struggle to write something substantial, which happens quite a lot, I’ve still managed to write a short poem.  And I’m going to start sharing these poems on here, at least every few days! So here are the Little Willies I’ve written recently.

Willie threw his sister grace
Into a burning fireplace
Mother said “Oh thank you willie!
It was getting awfully chilly.”

Little Willie, feeling bored
Mutilated cousin Gord
Mother found the awful mess
“Now, what will we tell Auntie Bess?”

These two are the first I’ve written trying to utilize Willie’s mother, who’s a common character in the poems. Her nonchalant responses to Willie’s antics are some of the most shocking/funny lines. I don’t feel these are the best I’ve written, but hopefully I’ll get better! Here’s one more that I’m writing as we speak.

Willie pushed his young friend Rory
From above the seventh story
He landed with a healthy SPLAT!
A fitting end for such a brat.

I swear to god I’m not disturbed or anything. I just have a dark sense of humour sometimes.

Little Willie

Ever since I took a creative writing class in High School I’ve had an off again on again love affair with writing poetry. Writing a poem, structured or free form, can be insanely fun and a really great way to express emotions. Showing people poetry I write, however, can be the most nerve wracking experience of my life. Especially when the poem is a non rhyming non structured poem. Free verse poetry can be a lot more emotional, personal, and kind of “artsy” feeling and I feel like a lot less people aren going to understand where they are coming from. I’ve always felt a bit more comfortable showing people poetry I write that has some sort of structure. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that even if people don’t understand what I’m trying to say with the piece they at least will understand why certain choices were made. The poem will have some rhyme and rhythm and the reader will be more likely to respond to it.

There are a few kinds of structured poems I enjoy writing but one has always stuck out to me specifically. I first discovered it in an Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader book. The poems are called “Little Willies.” They’re morbid but very whimsical four line poems about a little boy who either causes the death of someone else or himself. They are very darkly humorous and that’s something that I tend to really enjoy. There isn’t much written about the origin of Little Willie poems but the gist of their history is that they started in humour columns in late nineteenth century news papers. I’ve always had fun writing them and put together a little collection that I was hoping to (and maybe someday will) get illustrated and try to publish. For now, since I have so much fun writing them, I thought I’d share a few with you. Maybe I’ll post more in the future as well. For starters, here is one of my favourites, not written by me.

Willie pushed his sister Mel
Down into the drinking well
Now she’s gone because it kilt her
Now we have to buy a filter

Most Little Willies follow this rhyming pattern. but they don’t always have to. Generally the only qualifiers are that they rhyme, they feature Willie, and some horrible morbid thing must happen to him or one of his friends/family members. Now, here’s a few that I’ll write on the spot. I hope you enjoy!

Willie’s teacher was a bore
He made all the children snore
His lectures were making Willie sick
So he smashed his head in with a brick

Willie on a field trip
At the zoo he had a slip
Into a cage, with a loud crunch
He became a lion’s lunch

Willie pushed his sister Molly
Underneath a speeding trolley
Mummy sighed, quite distressed
“Who’s going to clean up all this mess?”

I’m sure these aren’t for everyone, and they are pretty disturbing. But I do get a lot of joy out of writing them. I hope some of you enjoy them, and can look forward to seeing more posted soon!