November 13, 2012

Marko Man and NaNoWriMo

Marko Man practically writes itself.

I'm doing NaNoWriMo (50,000 words for the month of November), and as it stands, I'm at about 20,000 words right now, which is relatively on par with where I should be. Given the proper time, I should be able to crush that, as I'm finally off and running with the first book.

I have to admit that I did, in fact, begin again on November 1st, making this the third time I started writing, but I'm on it, I'm writing it, and I'm cruising. I'm doing things a little differently though, the biggest of which is writing every chapter as an Episode (at least for the time being). For whatever reason, it's tricking my mind into being much more interesting in the writing, probably because I've been writing on the Internet for so long and I've called them Episodes. Whatever the case may be, doing it this way also allows me to create the entire Marko Man universe. I don't have any showing of it yet, but eventually, I'll be writing episodes that will fill plot holes between books and be able to introduce new characters and new teams and new villains and new worlds and such. And then, when it's all said and done, I'll have a complete Marko Man universe, and I'll be able to deal with the stories how I want to deal with them.

Most of all, I'm definitely having fun writing these stories, and in the end, that's what matters. I just wrote a finished off a fight that I had imagined in my head for quite a while, and damn it, it felt good to finally get that story off, as well the build up.

However, only one quarter of the first book is done. There's plenty more action and mayhem to be written for this first book alone.

And then, of course, there's the future. Who knows what the future has in store for Marko Man. Sure, I may know the general path of where the series is going and when it will end up, but by writing things in the form of episodes, I can fit things in and remove things and move things in what I psychologically feel is much easier. So if I come up with an idea mid-write, I can just throw in an episode and I'll figure out what to do with it when I'm done with the drafts.

As far as NaNoWriMo is concerned, I wouldn't be surprised if I hit the 50,000 word mark way before Novermber 30th, unlike last year where I believe I hit it at the last hour. As long as I allocate the time to writing (which is much easier to do since I've deactivated my FaceBook), the word flow freely... at least now. I'm pretty sure that I'll get to 50,000, and unlike last year's book, I'm pretty sure that I'll be able to keep going until I'm done and/or good and ready to stop.

Thing is, I have to face the fact, Marko Man is my calling. Any story idea that I come up with should simply be Marko Man-ified, for lack of a better word. And with the concept of episodes, there are plenty of story ideas that I had that I can just throw into the Marko Man universe seemingly at will... well, at least it can be at will after I finish establishing Marko Man basics, which is what the first book is kinda sorta supposed to do.

Even ideas from the book I started last year will probably end up in the Marko Man series somewhere. Actually, I can assure you that it will.

So yeah. Marko Man is my calling.

And poetry. I think I've gotten pretty good at that, but that's not the point.

Marko Man shall live, and you shall live to read about it. :D


  1. I really like you're writing! It sucks me in. Not to mention 20,000 words in a few weeks is inspiring to me, let alone 50,000 in a month. Do you write to get it down and spend most time editting?

    1. Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoy it!

      Honestly, I don't remember the last time I did any extensive editing. When I was writing stories and posting them on the Internet, I would just write it, go through it using spell check to correct any words with a red squiggly line under it, and post it. Then I would read it later and be like "Wow, look at that neat little grammar error," or "That's not the name that was supposed to be used."

      The plan for the 10 books that I'm in the process of writing is rather similar; I'm going to get the 10 books done first, and then I'll do the editing and the rewriting one book at a time.

  2. Thanks for replying! I guess it doesn't tell me when you reply. I'm trying to do that writing style as well because I'm so nit-picky I'm not getting anywhere. I've rewritten the first chapter several times already, and I really just need to move on. I've got the story outline and all the scenes fairly straight in my mind and some of it on a spreadsheet. O_O it just feels like its going to take forever. Which it will. haha.
    Oh, ignore my other comment, since I now understand the answer. :)

    1. Sometimes, you just gotta go and write it. There are times when I write and I feel like it's trash, but then someone will tell me that what I wrote was amazing. And sometimes, it might be trash, but you gotta write it just to get to the good parts and fully understand why the trash was trash so that you can fix it later.

      Additionally, I feel like sometimes knowing how a story is going to end makes the story harder to write. I tend to find that writing stories off the top of my head come out a whole lot easier than stories I've already planned. A few times throughout November, in order to increase my word count because I was stuck, I threw in a completely different side plot that I had no idea how it would turn up. It might have been the best eight chapters I wrote last month.

      And if you find yourself insanely distracted because of FaceBook, then drop FaceBook for a few weeks and see what happens. :)