Most of the editing for The Stone of Kings is now finished and we’re in the proofing stages. I’m not quite ready yet to pick up where I left off writing my NaNo book.
Okay, yeah, I’ve been reading. I’m thoroughly enjoying a novel called 6:59 by Nonye and Kelechi Acholonu, but I find myself feeling slightly guilty because it’s recreational reading.
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in the last few years as a writer it’s that I’ve gotta DO if I’m gonna GROW.
Right now, I’m not doing much.
But I keep going over scenes of The Stone of Kings in my head and I keep seeing it as a movie. My high school writing class touched briefly on screenplays and I’ve realized that I never tried really writing one (I think I wrote a sketch at one point, but all I ever wrote at the time was short stuff).
So I’m trying it.
Hubby thinks I’m crazy. “Wait and see how well the book sells first.”
*puts on pensive face*
But what if I’m better at writing screenplays and I just don’t know it yet? I won’t ever find out till I try, right?
chomping at the bit patiently waiting for whoever has checked out Syd Field’s book at my library to return it. Till then, I’ve been reading screenplays for research. It’s actually pretty fascinating. In the last few days, I’ve read The 5th Element, the Back to the Future trilogy – did you know that there was no DeLorean in the original script -, Thelma and Louise, and I’m in the middle of reading Titanic. It’s really neat seeing how things in the script played out (or didn’t) as compared to what’s on the screen.
Yes, I said “neat.” It just is. So there.
I’m having fun so far. And what’s the point if it’s not fun? 😀
It doesn’t matter if I write a screenplay and it never gets made into a movie. What matters is that I’m exploring a new medium. I’m looking to this experience to teach me other ways to make my writing more visual.
Show, don’t tell. 😉
Anyway, thinking of The Stone of Kings being made into a movie but never writing the screenplay seems silly. It’s like saying, “I’m hungry. I’ll wait and see if someone will make me dinner.”
I might burn the dinner, but at least I tried.
Have you had an idea and thought, “Hey, that would make a great movie!”? Have you looked into writing a screenplay? What was your experience? Share your story!