Friday, September 16, 2016

It's Time to Move On...Forward...Ahead? Or Is It?

Have any of you ever seen the movie Bruce Almighty

 
In it, a frustrated Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey), a TV reporter dealing with career setbacks--as he sees them--and being passed over for an anchor desk position in favor of a pompous co-worker (Steve Carrel), takes a swipe at God for "smiting" him. In one scene, he asks for a sign from God and gets this:


I read somewhere, a long time ago, that God communicates with us in the manner in which we're most likely to notice--whether it's nature, another person, a song, a story--once, years ago, I was talking to a man I didn't really know while waiting at a bus stop. He told me a story, ending with, "How would you feel if you had traveled that far and turned back just as everything was about to turn around?" That conversation led me to take a chance I'd been resisting for some time--and indeed, everything did turn around.

Recently, I've been thinking about taking another risk--a big one, I think. In one week, I got two very similar messages from two completely different sources:







Am I nuts to act on this? Maybe. But if I don't, I'll never know if it was meant to be.

For years, I've wanted to be a screenwriter. At first, I resisted because it's an even harder career to break into than novel writing. And even if you sell a script, odds are by the time the film gets made--if it gets made--you won't recognize your own work. But I've mellowed in my old age, and the market for screenplays, like novels, has many more options available than writers had twenty years ago.

And I don't read much anymore, but I watch a lot of movies. When I write, I write as if it's a movie. When I was initially pitching Chasing the Wind to agents and publishers, I was told, "This isn't a novel, it's a movie."

So maybe I am a screenwriter. It's worth a try. And if it doesn't pan out, I can always go back to novels, right?

Right?

17 comments:

  1. Yes, yes, yes! You've already proved yourself a best selling writer, time to try something new!

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  2. If the fortune cookie and Facebook quiz hadn't convinced me, the three of you would have. Thank you, all of you!

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    1. At least it's not as big a gamble as selling my first novel was. I left my day job without taking the time to even think about it!

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  4. I'm voting yes. You never know where it might lead you, Norma.
    I do believe in signs coming from out of the blue, and they do seem like coincidence, but I've never been a believer in coincidence.
    What have you got to loose? YOu want to write something, have a passion and possibly talent for (only you would know this), so why not? If you fail, at least you know you did try.

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    1. I don't believe in coincidence, either, Lorelei. Everything, even what might seem small and insignificant, happens for a reason. Thank you!

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  5. Go for it !
    You are a terrific writer, all your book sales have proven that. You know what you are doing.
    A big YeeHaw from Tucson.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thanks, Gayle! I'm playing it safe in one respect: using existing material. I'm doing screenplays adapted from my own books!

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  6. Sat outside in the sun today reading Angels at Midnight, am enjoying very much.. I like that one of your main characters is named Collins 😊

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    1. I named the character after Collin. I'm happy to hear you're enjoying it.

      I can't remember if I already told you or not, but I did ask my publisher to send you Chasing the Wind and The Unicorn's Daughter.

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    1. On his birth certificate, Collin's name is spelled Colin--but one family member kept pronouncing it "Colon"--so I changed the spelling early on!

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  8. Did it make any difference to the pronunciation Norma 😊

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  9. Jump in for sure. You've got a lot of talent and why not go for it. Very cool. You're inspiring.

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