Saturday, September 13, 2008

Another idea for the to do list.

While I was organizing my writing folders a few weeks ago I had another thought. There were unfinished stories that I had forgotten about long ago but what about the finished ones that have never had a chance.
Sure, I actively submit my short stories but what about the other stuff? Well none of the novels are really ready for queries, and I’m not sure if they ever will be but what I’m talking about is the scripts.
I don’t think it’s any secret that what I really wanted to write is comic books, but I started writing short stories because it’s hard to get anyone to look at comics without an artist. And after a long, frustrating search for an artist, I thought I might have more luck if I was a published writer. So I ventured into short stories, which I actually like writing.
But I still have a few comic scripts and I also have a short film script. I’m pretty fond of most of these stories and I’m really sad that they are just sitting there.
The other day I got to thinking that maybe changing them into short story format, or even novella or novel for one of them, might not be the worst idea. At least then I would know how to go about getting them published. And even though I make them into prose doesn’t mean that one day they can’t go back to their original format of comic book. Look at how many books and short stories are turned into comic books or movies.
That means I have yet another thing to add to my to do list. It seems I keep adding stuff but how many times do I write to say that I can finally scratch something off the to do list.
Hopefully, I'll adjust to my new schedule and get my computer problems fixed soon.


D.B. Echo said...

I think that's a great idea!

I really think the short story is the best form of writing. It is the most challenging to an author, regardless of genre, because you have a very limited space for establishing your characters, setting, and situation. (OK, short-shorts are more of a challenge, but they're just nuts.) As I've sorted through my books recently I've realized that much of what I own is short story collections.

I wonder - could you de-flesh a story? A typical comic book (or series of four or six books)could easily spill over into novella territory, if everything is translated over. But imagine you had taken a short story and fleshed it out into one of your comic book stories. What would that original story have looked like?

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

It is probably easier to have a novel or short accepted and then try to get it seen as a script than the other way around. It's close to impossible to get a script in the hands of Hollywood without moving there anyway.

Whatever you choose to do, just go and do it - and have fun with it.

whimsical brainpan said...

Do what you think would be the most fun.