Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Best-Laid Plans Always Need a Plan B!

I've been working on a couple of projects for a while now, and both are causing me endless frustration. Neither seems to work in a novel format. Whether they'll work as screenplays remains to be seen. I may try another format.



Andy Weir, author of the bestselling novel-turned-box-office-hit The Martian, first published it on his website, developing such a following that he ultimately self-published it. That led to both a movie deal and a contract with a major publisher. That's not something that will happen to every writer who follows his route, but it can be rewarding anyway.


When Collin and I started Chasing the Wind, the plan was to create a series. Later, I found I wanted to follow up with characters from my previous novels as well. My life had changed dramatically in the years since I wrote those books. I thought about how theirs might have changed, how their lives might be intertwined with those of Connor, Lynne, Darcy and the others. Ideas began to percolate as I reissued The Unicorn's Daughter, Alexander's Empire, and Angels at Midnight with Creativia. Then there was what was to be the first sequel of Chasing the Wind, An Army of Angels--which to date has not been finished. Why? I've blamed it on a lot of things, from my failing eyesight to concentration problems related to epilepsy. Both are valid issues, but the truth is that I just haven't been able to make it work in novel format.




The same applies to Sucker-Punched, my pro wrestling comedy. That project has been in development limbo for at least two years now. Too many characters. More episodic in structure than a novel should be. Maybe a TV series. 


But both are projects I still want to write in some format. The solution? The Chasing the Wind sequels could be serialized in a separate blog, with chapters posted 3-5 times weekly. Sucker-Punched could work as a weekly installment right here.


So...what do you all think?


 

12 comments:

  1. I think anything you put your mind and heart into will be great!

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    1. I'll give it a shot. I'm willing to try anything (almost anything) once!

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  2. Sucker Punched seems particularly well suited for the serial format, I think.

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  3. I haven't read them all, but Alexander's Empire isn't my idea of a serial. Maybe because it worked well as a novel. Since Sucker Punch isn't working as a novel, I would use that one.

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    1. They all worked as novels, but trying to weave it all together as sequels has been the problem. I am definitely doing Sucker-Punched as a serial.

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  4. The small amount of Sucker-Punched I read was great and from what you said Mari it might do well as a serial.
    I love Collins book covers.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. He does good work. He did a first draft of another of my works in progress, Superhero in Training, featuring a pitbull with an icebag on its head!

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  5. Sounds like a good idea Norma, let me know when you begin!

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    1. It's probably going to start within the next week or so. Hope you enjoy them, Grace!

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  6. SOUNDS GOOD TO ME. RIGHT NOW, I'VE BEEN SLACKING ON MY OWN WRITING FOR VARIOUS REASONS.

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    1. To be honest, I'm just not that interested in writing books anymore. These days, there are many, many more books published while readership is declining.

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