November is National Novel Writing Month. For the writers out there who participate, NaNoWriMo is fun, crazy, exhilarating, frustrating. I could go on. But the most important word in there is fun. I find it to be a lot of fun. A chance to get together with other writers who want to take on the crazy task of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. For this year’s NaNoWriMo I’ve decided to turn a teleplay I wrote for my favourite show into a novel. A manager in LA read the script and thought the character, Alex, that I created deserved her own show. Since I have no control over that I decided to turn the episode into a novel. The first in a series actually, all starring Alex Kavanagh – demon hunter. I will of course have to change the focus of the story to her instead of the current main characters. I’ll give the current main characters occupations as well. And they will have no idea at the beginning of the first book that demons are real.
Because the teleplay is written I’ll have a very detailed 48 page “outline” for the novel itself. I’m hoping that will let me finish NaNoWriMo early. But who knows. There will be a lot of changed that need to be made to the story to make it Alex’s.
I think what I’ll love most about turning the script into a novel is getting to explore the characters more. I loved these characters, loved the story. But because it was written as a television script I couldn’t delve into their feelings and examine how they felt at certain points in the story. Now I have the freedom to do that and more. This little snippet from the teleplay will probably end up being at least a page and a half. Maybe two pages.
So, Alex is a demon hunter. And the title of the episode I wrote (which I’m keeping as the title of the book) is His and Hers. Can you guess what demons the book is about?
Until next time…