Well, the first draft of my screenplay is finished! My latest novel, Luka and Iso, is adapted for the silver screen. I have editing to do still of course, and actually quite a large chunk that I need to compress… But the bulk is done.
Typing those two words, “THE END.” at the finish was actually far more satisfying than I thought it would be. After all, I’ve written three books and dozens of short stories… but none of them actually have the words “THE END.” at the end. They just sort of- stop.
But with the screenplay, it’s customary to put “THE END.” at the end. And it felt good.
And now, as is my custom, I will take a break from it for two weeks, and work on a short story. I’ll come back to it fresh, wielding my axe in one hand and my scalpel in the other. Both help me cut away, in broad, messy chunks, followed up with precise, delicate cuts.
So good readers, Happy New Year. I wish you the best of luck with all your creative endeavours!