I am excited to be nearing the end of my current WIP. It has been a long process with many lessons learned.
“Cast Into The Shadows” started out as a screenplay. While it had many positive reads, it has not yet been optioned. The protagonist in the story was my sister’s favorite. She loved Eva. When we would go shopping, she would comment, “Eva would wear this,” or “This is so Eva.”
After my sister passed away, I knew I needed to get the story out there. So, the work of adapting the screenplay into a novel began. I had no idea of the task I was undertaking. First, I had to learn a new style of writing. I wrote the first draft in the first person, present tense. It did not read well. As I went back and changed to third person, the characters changed, the story evolved, and now I have, what I feel is a better story than the original.
I’ve been asked if it is hard to switch from writing screenplays to writing fiction. In my opinion, writing a script is so much easier, but then I hear novelists say they could never write a screenplay. As of date, I’m doing both!
As E.L. Doctorow said, “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”
Back to writing…