Emerald Specter 23: A Push in the Right Direction

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So, I’ve come up with something to motivate me to write in a month other than November. Before I delve into that, do you understand why I might be writing in November? Yes, for those who understand the reference, November is NaNoWriMo… or National Novel Writing Month. Write 50,000 words in 30 days and you win. Win what? Who cares, you wrote a 50,000 word novel in 30 days.

I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo several times, winning twice, and failing each attempt since. I’ve probably made about four attempts at NaNoWriMo and while I’m planning on writing this month, I won’t know if I’ve followed through with that until November 1 hits. Yes, I write this at least a week in advance of November, so deal with the uncertainty.

Back to the title, I have come up with a way to motivate me into writing, finally. The idea is so genius, I’d actually like to write a book detailing how I came up with that idea… but I’d rather write my ideas rather than the motivator. What is this magical motivation?

Schedule a blog post detailing the idea in question to automatically drop. If I write the idea before the deadline, I can remove the post… if I don’t, then the post drops and that idea is out there in the world for anyone to use, write, steal, etc. I’m interested in keeping my ideas to myself, so this would actually be a pretty wicked motivator in my own mind.

First, let me tell you that I’ve had lots of ideas swirling around in my head for decades. I’ve been working on an adaptation of “Jedi in the real world,” for lack of a better descriptor… I’ve been working on a superhero shared universe for over 20 years now, with nothing to show for it… I’ve been detailing the lives of spacefaring drama for at least a decade with nothing remotely close to a produced product to read. Basically, I’ve got a lot of ideas and something has happened recently to make them all a little more interesting in my head.

I’m making them all in the same universe.

Jedi in a world with Superman, Captain America, and X-O Man-O-War? Yep. Star Trek ships flying around with those guys present, too? Yep. Doctor Who shaping the universe that all of them are in? Yes. Military SpecOps working in the world being shaped by Doctor Who with Star Trek ships flying around the Earth where superheroes exist along side Jedi? Yes. All of that… and more.

For the record, I just used those property names to give you an idea on what I’m trying to do in broad strokes.

If everything is connected, then everything will affect everything else and that will make the whole story a lot more interesting… in my opinion. If there is a large scale meta-plot going on in the background, affecting everything in the entire universe, will there be more buy in with each of the seemingly unconnected properties I’m writing about? I think there will be, but I won’t know until I start writing.

When I say I want to write, I’m talking about scripting (comic book, movie, television, whatever) as well as prose (novels). I want this to be a multimedia connected universe and I want to be sure that if someone sees, reads, or hears something that they like and want to produce that for the “big screen” then I have the source material ready to go in the format that they need. I will also get to get better at writing in such formats.

The first step is writing a prose novel-like story. I need to write the “Iron Man” of my own personal “Marvel Cinematic Universe.” That’s the best comparison I have for real life at the moment, so I’m making that reference.

In short, I’m leaning towards writing that post detailing the ideas, how they relate to everything else, and setting that up to drop sometime in the future. Not so far out that I give up and forget about it but far enough out to give me a chance to get the ball rolling.

Well, this column falls short of my 1,000 word goal but I did a pretty decent job of writing, I think. At least now I’ve got a few “in the can” ready for when I get another chance to write more columns.

Think on it.