In April 2013, I sat in front of my laptop computer and pounded out the first three chapters of my first novel. Those first three chapters equated to about 33 pages, and I felt good about what I had produced. But then I just suspended my work on the project, opting instead to develop another screenplay.
Before you rip into me, please understand the motivation behind my madness. I was living in Southern California, about 35 miles east of Hollywood. I had dreams of writing screenplays that would get picked up by the major studios. While I produced one 90-minute dramatic screenplay, one 60 minute dramatic screenplay and one short screenplay during my two and a half year stint in California, I could sense that in Hollywood it’s not what you know and how you go about doing it, it’s about who you know in the industry.
There will come a time when I shift my attention back to screenwriting. I love movies, and I would love to see actors bring my written words to life. But when I re-read the first three chapters of my novel last November, it dawned on me that I may have something here.
I have added another 100 pages to those first 33. I hope to complete the first draft of my three-book series in late May, early June 2014. After that, I will settle down to edit, revise and rewrite my manuscript before uploading the final draft to Amazon’s CreateSpace (print) and KDP (ebook) publishing platforms.
I really don’t know what will happen after that. I would be lying if I said just crossing the finish line is good enough for me. Truth be told, I want my family, relatives, friends and acquaintances to purchase it, and then spread word about the novel’s release to their family, relatives, friends and acquaintances.
Writers write to be noticed.