When I set about to start the actual writing of the novel, I’d only seen the movie once. I recalled bits and pieces of peripheral details – the main heart of the story – and most of the characters’ names, but that was about it. I decided to watch the movie again and take some notes on places I knew would be tricky. I’d requested a copy of the script, but hadn’t received it yet. So I watched the movie again.
I didn’t take any notes.
I realized it was ALL going to be tricky.
I needed the script.
(***FAIR WARNING – MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD***)
The script arrived a day or two later, so I printed it out, read through it, and discovered that the movie was different from the script, sometimes by a very wide margin. So I decided to watch the film while comparing it to the script and take notes (in red pen, of course) of the differences between the two on a scene by scene basis. As you can see in the images, it was a lot of notes sometimes.
What followed was a solid week of watching a scene, pausing, taking notes, rewinding the scene, and doing over again to make sure I hadn’t missed anything. I also took notes on what I saw on character’s faces, their emotional state, and the overall feel of each scene.
This was a 9pm-2am process every day for a solid week. Some of the script pages ended up so entirely covered in red ink I wondered if I’d bled on them. Not really, but the visual on that is cool. Authors like to season things with a little hyperbole every now and then.
After that grueling week, I had everything I thought I needed. I was excited to start the actual writing process, especially because I was on a serious time constraint at the time. I felt accomplished and ready to take on the world. I sat down to write.
I hit a snag on the very first sentence.
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