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  • Writer's pictureC.A. Lightfoot

So, I lied.

I said I was going to blog more regularly, but I failed at that. At least this time it was only a couple of weeks.

I'm still working on my new project! Remy and Tatum aren't as pushy as some other characters, but they are there. Its an interesting project, one that I am quite enjoying.

I've got the first chapter down, which is a huge milestone with anything. The beginning can really be a pain in the ass.

Someone in a writing group I follow had an interesting question and its made me think.

The question was: how would you feel if your book was transferred to the screen?

At first, the question didn't bother me. Don't we all dream of massive success? Don't we want our book to blow up and become the next Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter?

But it brought me back to something I confronted when I finished the first draft of my novel: The Guardian.

One of the initial comments was that the reader could see it being made into a movie. I didn't know how to take the comment at first. Was the writing too plain? Was it descriptive but simple? Should I just take the compliment?

In thinking over the last few days, I wondered about book to screen. How would I feel if someone took my book and turned it into a movie or series? The truth is, for all the dreams of fame and fortune, I don't know how I would feel. I write books. I have always written books (well, attempted to). I've never written anything with it in the forefront of my mind. I don't even know if anything I write could be transferred. I typically write books in one PoV, would you be able to flesh out the secondary cast well? Holy shit, if you can't, are my characters one-dimensional?

This kind of shit keeps me up at night, y'all.

But thinking on this does make me wonder. We've all seen BAD TV/Film adaptations. Percy Jackson. Oi. Divergent? Oh, that one was good, it was the rest of the series that shit the bed.

I would like to think that I wouldn't get an offer and immediately take it, that I would hold out for a better deal. But what would I do for a fat paycheck? What would any of us do?

Something to consider.

In other musings, I'm considering a self-publish of my first novel. I'm running out of agents to query. I know I'd need an editor and cover designer, which is a major hesitation. Who has the cash for that? I don't know if I've been cautioned against it by an old school mentality, but it almost feels like giving up. I know that's not the case, but in the back of my mind, it screams failure.

I have to get some writing done this morning. Ta for now!

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