On writing: Revision bootcamp
Have been having a very relaxed holiday with lots of family time, but now it's getting to the point where real life is intruding and the holiday is ending.
I submitted my second novel to my agent and have just received feedback. Most of the things I actually recognised as problems when completing draft, there's just a point that you get to where it's all about the finish line and you actually get sick of the darn book. So it was good to have a break and develop some perspective while my agent was reading it.
Although I find it so surprising about how each time I have to revise, there is this feel of dread. Even though I love revising my novel and adding layers and depth and making it the best I want it to be, there just this initial feeling of 'where do I begin' that paralyses me. In the end I tricked myself by sitting in front of the television while revising so that it didn't feel like I was really doing work.
So now to finish it and off to the publisher it goes. Can't wait.
It's that time of year when reading is a daily activity and I'm really enjoying my small pocket of quiet before I begin work at the end of the month.
One of my all time favourite movies is Practical Magic. I love the tale of two sisters, a family of witches, a curse, the small town feel, and of course, love. Love gone wrong, loving the wrong man, loving the right man. Every time this movie is on television I absolutely must watch it.
Recently I was watching it and I noticed that it was based on the book by Alice Hoffman and that she was credited with writing the screenplay. I realised that I'd never read the book and I always love comparing the book with the movie. I especially love it when the author who wrote the book also writes the screenplay. It gives me a chance to think about the writing process and the decisions that were made as a writer to bring it to the screen.
Firstly the differences between the book and the movie:
So which do I prefer:
However, I'm really happy to have discovered Alice Hoffman and to see her impressive backlist. I'll be reading more of her books!
Author of Return to Me, Hollywood Dreams and Vintage Dreams. Short story is published in the anthology Little Raven Two by Little Raven Publishing. Pen name for Amra Pajalic.
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Return to Me
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