"Sequel-ing" in 2012
Hi Kaley, thanks for giving me a chance to talk about what "writing life" will be in 2012!
…In 2009, writing my "Year of the Chick" blog into an edgy chick-lit novel was THE most exciting concept ever.
As 2012 begins, the thrill of writing the sequel trumps the first.
Perhaps it's because like in "Year of the Chick," an "inspired by real life" story continues, with a plot for book two that means the world to me.
It could also be the fact that I already wrote the sequel.
As a screenplay.
I know that sounds like a topsy-turvy thing, since you only ever hear of books written first then adapted into screenplays after. Besides which, I'd never even written a screenplay in my whole frickin' life!
Needless to say, in March 2011, it was not in my plans to write a screenplay.
But I didn't really have a choice.
Now let me be clear, I was not chained to a typewriter by some over-zealous director who was forcing me to pump out the word count. Instead it was little ol' me, this freshly broken-hearted girl, who thought to herself "the last six months felt exactly like a movie…so why not write one?"
And then it began…the books I bought on how to write screenplays, the reading of free screenplays that were available online…I was obsessed. Two months, many late nights, and several writing sessions at Starbucks later, I had done it.
A fictional screenplay called "Best Before," somewhat inspired by real life.
Once I was finished, I had no idea what to do with it. I just knew that I'd obeyed the muse, so I was happy. So happy in fact, that I forked over some cash to enter international screenplay competitions.
Just for fun.
To my surprise, I advanced in seven screenplay contests in 2011. From finalist showings, to semi-finals, to top 5%, to top 15, I was overjoyed. The results made it clear that my sequel to "Year of the Chick" had just been written without my knowing.
And it all began on a whim in March 2011.
So here I am, ready to roll up my sleeves, and turn a screenplay that means so much to me into the sequel of "Year of the Chick." I am proud to add a second installment to the "Year of the Chick" series, since that very first novel was the first full-length thing that meant the world to me.
I hope this series will mean something to a lot of readers too.