I didn’t know if I could “change lanes” with regards to the way I craft a new story, and am happy to say that it seems you really can teach an old dog new tricks. My skills as a writer are growing in leaps and bounds. I am using the “Save the Cat” Method to fine tune Valentino, as well as begin a new screenplay, Whisper. Already this morning, I have outlined the the opening Act, and completed the story-board for Whisper. Yesterday, I worked at adding more conflict into Valentino. I highly recommend any writer read Blake Snyder’s books. Take away what you can from them. There is always a new trick to be learned or an old trick to relearn.
I am hard at work converting the screenplay for Valentino into the last book in The Holiday Series. It was with great satisfaction that I was able to announce the screenplay’s third place status (family category) in the 8th Annual StoryPros Screenwriting contest earlier this year. The third place win was the kick-in-the-pants I needed to get back into writing.
While Valentino will be written for YA and teens, it will definitely have as broad a family appeal as Two Independents, but with a distinctly west coast flavour.
I will also be reworking my whole Holiday Series line-up with new covers and possibly a teen edition, based on the current screenplay under option, for One Frosty Christmas, as well as the renaming of Two Independents.
Stay tuned for more updates and a preview of Valentino over the next couple of months.
There is no time like the present to follow your heart and pursue your dreams.
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