Wednesday, January 8, 2014

LUPUS MOON #13 - "Day Twenty-Four"

19 pages completed at this point.

I should have 96.

This isn't looking good.

I'm not having fun writing the book.  Period. Point blank. End of story. Maybe it's because I'm putting too much pressure on myself, but even with a fairly-detailed outline, it's like pulling teeth to generate the words in my brain, much less translate them to the page (or screen, as it were). All this need for description is killing me. But if I don't do it, this novel will be more like a short story. Which is fine, I guess, but this was supposed to be longer than that. And a novella series was not a part of the plan for this property.

On top of all that, even with the added costs it would take to pull it off, I can't shake the overwhelming desire to realize the story as a graphic novel. This decision was supposed to be made and locked a long time ago, but it keeps coming back. Guess that's telling me something.

I talked it over with Shaundra and she quickly set me straight, asking what was the one thing keeping me from writing Lupus Moon as a graphic novel. I told her it was the money, to which she retorted, without a moment's hesitation,"We can always get money."

True. I guess. I mean, I'm definitely not rolling in it, but we could run a crowdsourcing campaign to try and raise some funds. But I don't have a lot of faith in that. Still, it's worth a shot. I can't deny how exciting it would be to hold the book in my hands with the characters visually realized in the story I created. In a sense it would be the closest I would likely ever get to making the movie I originally envisioned when the concept entered my consciousness many years ago. The same would be true for Darkness Walks, as well as a host of other stories I'd pegged for novelization. Plus, writing the stories, format-wise, is very close to screenwriting--a form I'm extremely comfortable with.

So I'm looking into graphic novels a little more. The big question would be whether to realize the story as one unit, or break it up into individual issues (which would be a safer risk financially) and combining them into what's known as a trade paperback afterward. That would allow me to see if there's any interest in the story (determined by sales) before going "all the way."

Decisions, decisions...