Maybe that's why I decided a couple weeks ago that I was going to write a novel. The short stories I'd cobbled into a book were fun, but I still wondered if I'd be able to sustain narrative tension, voice, and theme over a longer piece. I mentioned this before in my post about The First Rule of Write Club, but I thought today I'd explain a bit of my reason for doing so.
I've been dealing with bouts of self-pity and depression for a few months, and I thought I'd give the old "Don't think your way out -- ACT your way out" axiom a try. As an artist, "acting my way out" always involves exercising, interacting with other humans, and making stuff. Like, say, a novel. The problem I've kept running up against, though, is that every time I had an idea that I felt warranted a longer story, I've gone and turned it into a screenplay. I'm trying to break into Hollywood, after all, and the only way to do that is to work really hard to produce better and better scripts. Vicious cycle, that.
So I decided to break it by taking my latest script and reverse-engineering it into a novel. That way I wouldn't be robbing Peter to pay Paul, and I'd still have my side project.
Lo-and-behold, it's working!
Not only is my mood lightening, but I'm also about ten thousand words in, and I'm still having fun with it.