Let the Games Begin


I may have taken on more than I can handle this November. I will participate in NaNoWriMo again. Plus, I plan to post a new blog every day In November. Thus, all I can say is let the games begin.

My plan will look something like this. I read a WordPress blog by Dakshall Gupta in which he wrote a form of poetry called the Pleiades. I’ve never heard of this style of verse. For all I know, Gupta made up the one-word title, seven stanzas, with the first line starting with the same letter as the title. It doesn’t matter because I like the challenge of wordplay associated with the poems I already wrote, starting with the letter A.

I’ll cheat a little on the Pleiades. I want to write as many of these as I can before November, schedule them to post and add the NaNoWriMo updates daily. I will exclude the letter A because I don’t want to be redundant.

NaNoWriMo updates

I take part in NaNoWriMo every year. I don’t need this contest with myself to motivate me to write. Every morning at 4:30 a.m, I sit down at my typewriter and compose. There are several reasons why I participate in NaNoWriMo.

Firstly, I like the opportunity to explore different genres. My reading for the previous year will slant in the direction where I’ll be writing. Secondly, I like the thrill of knowing writers worldwide are attempting the 50,000-word challenge. It’s as if we’re sending out a giant bubble of creativity into the atmosphere. Lastly, I enjoy the challenge. The closer we get to the end of the month, the more I feel the adrenaline rush moving me toward the finish line.

Why the game will be a real contest this year

NaNoWriMo will be a big challenge for me this time around. Generally, I have the story already formed in my head. I’m a panster, but I know the beginning and end before I even start typing. I have the characters diagramed in my head. This year I don’t have a clue. All I know is the novel will include a white gate and the birth of a bastard child. This situation isn’t a predictor of success. Plus, I don’t know anyone else who is participating. That’s why I plan to use my daily blog to keep me motivated.

I believe this year, more than any other, participation in NaNoWriMo is important. We need to send a ball of giant creativity into the universe to hold back all the negative energy. I am sorely tempted to lay it aside, but I plan to forge ahead. The drama starts today, so let the games begin.

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.

4 thoughts on “Let the Games Begin

  1. Good luck with your writing adventures, Molly! I admire those who write fiction. I’ve only dabbled in short stories. And you get up at 4:30 am each morning to write? My husband and I get up at 5:30 and I thought that was early. It seems as we get older, the earlier we rise. 🙂 Best of luck, Lauren 💗

  2. Love your commentary about sending a giant ball of creativity into the universe — something we sorely need. Thank you, also, for the follow. May the new year unfold brighter and more beautiful for all. 🙂

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