I’ve finished editing/revising my adaptation of my manuscript, The Abduction, as a script. I managed to cut it down to 118 pages from 128. It was tough in the end because a lot had to happen before the hero was able to see his big mistake.
I went online to find other scifi scripts to read so I can see how it is supposed to look when finished. I discovered something interesting. All those people who say the scripts should be between 90-110 pages must not have read the scifi scripts. Most of them are at least 120 pages and some even more. Now I’m wondering if I should have cut some scenes that I thought were important. Would the story seem rushed at the end? I hope not. But I can always put those scenes back.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I think the experience of writing a manuscript for a novel helped me learn the hero, heroine, antagonist and secondary characters better. I knew how they thought and felt and it made the script writing process much easier.
Of course, I did my homework first. I answered questionnaires about my characters and their flaws. I knew their parents and their backgrounds; where they came from and where they thought they were going until…the inciting incident. Having all the “head stuff” in the manuscript made the actions easier to write in the script because I knew why they did what they did.
I just hope that when someone reads the script, they can see the action like I did.
I sent off my manuscript again. This time to a publisher that doesn’t necessarily publish scifi romance. Apparently, the romance I had in my story wasn’t enough for romance publishers, but none of the editors or agents I submitted to all these years ever mentioned that until my recent rejection.
The romance between the hero and heroine is evident, but not upfront and obvious in every scene. I like scifi, action, and adventure movies, with some romance in each. What I don’t like is too much romance that it becomes sickening and you wonder if the story is ever going to start. I have to admit I read a couple of books that were like that, but I haven’t seen any movies like it.
Too much of something is not always good for you. But who doesn’t want a Happily Ever After? I want to walk away from a movie or a good book feeling that the hero and heroine are going to be happy (for now) if not forever. Don’t you?
I hate movies that end abruptly or the bad guy gets away and the hero and heroine are left with an unsatisfying ending. I feel cheated!
Well, all my stories will have a Happily Ever After! In fact, I’m working on the second manuscript in my Vaedra Chronicles Series, where the secondary characters get to tell their stories as hero and heroine. There are more secondary characters, of course, but it will bring together some of the cast from the first script in a reunion at the end of the second script.
So, before I get that script finished, I need to finish the manuscript. Hopefully, I’ll have both done in time to enter a few contests this year.
Until next time…keep writing!