Sometime last Spring I started thinking about writing a screenplay. At first I started transforming Rolo into a screenplay, which actually helped me refactor a little bit of book one to move more quickly. But, I pushed that aside to write Follow-Up.
On a whim though, that summer, I decided I wanted to work on something collaboratively with my Sunday Writing buddy, Brian, and I had the concept for a different screenplay stuck firmly in my brain. It actually takes place in my Rolo-verse, but in a significantly different era therein.
So we kicked off. Brian was supremely helpful in the early stages brainstorming the overall structure of the film we wanted to build. He provided a significant chunk of the central character relationships that give the movie form as well as the distinct voice of an minor, but important character.
And then we discovered, given our busy schedules, how hard it would be to actually collaborate on the writing. So I mostly took it upon myself to write the first draft.
Which then got set aside as I finished the rough draft of Follow-Up over the Winter. So, this Spring and Summer, during the rare moments where I wasn’t working OR playing video games for my day job (and achievement illness) — primarily on flights — I was working on finishing the screenplay, dubbed Untouchable (a working title). Brian provided course correction more than once that make the rough draft that much better. I am deeply grateful.
Untouchable is 141 pages long (which, going by standard conventions of a page per minute, is a tad long) with 14 voiced characters, two of which are the central focus of the film. I kept speaking parts to a minimum, actually, so I don’t think that’s too bad. I do think that I have included far too much action description and can probably cut that stuff down. I may lose a scene. But overall I am very happy with this rough draft. Happy enough to hand it over to Brian and see what he wants to do with it.
Next steps, beyond polish? I have some ideas that may allow me to get connected to an agent. Until then, I won’t be sharing any additional details on plot or character, sadly. But I am happy for close friends to give it a read.
Otherwise? I will go back to Follow-Up and do some polish on that. I will probably start looking for a professional editor for Rolo so I can start my grand plan of rolling that out chapter by chapter in the new year, when my work life slows down.
So that’s my monthly update. I hope to get back to more blog posts if I can find some reader-editors for Follow-Up and this screenplay. We’ll see.