Nevada McPherson discovers she’s writing the noir as she explores what kind of novel she’s written and prepares to submit her new book to agents.
How are your writing resolutions going so far? Have you been meeting your writing goals? I’ve been working at it and succeeding to a certain extent but according to astrologers the planet Mercury has been retrograde since early January, scrambling communication, causing glitches in technology, delays for travelers and generally making it an uphill battle to get into an organized, efficient routine for making good on all those New Year’s resolutions.
How’s the fall writing coming along? With a chill in the air you might be inspired to try something new or revamp past ways of working. Did you ever consider stepping outside your chosen genre as a way to refresh yourself creatively? I was offered the opportunity to do just that recently and I learned a lot and enjoyed it very much!
Structuring genre novels and Hollywood movies is simple. (It’s the writing that’s hard!) They’re built on only three basic elements—character, desire, and conflict—and have a plot structure that consists of six basic stages. These stages help you build tension and conflict into your story and strengthen its emotional impact.
“Your novel would make a great movie! Why don’t you turn it into a screenplay?” Part 2 by Jackie Blain
You really really want to adapt your novel into a screenplay. It’s visual, it moves, there are great characters, the plot is strong. But you really really don’t have the time it’ll take to learn how to write a different genre.
Have you heard someone say that about your work? Or maybe you’ve been thinking the same thing. So why not give it a try?