This novel started as a script.
I had never written a script before but I thought it was going to be easy. Just people talking to each other, right?
WRONG. So very wrong.
My son, Paul Van Name, had graduated from USC Cinema in Los Angeles. Probably the most famous film school in the world. He said he would help me. He had no idea what he was in for.
I knew this much. It had to be in a screenwriter’s format so I bought the software. I was off to the Golden Globes awards.
For six months, I heard this from him at least 200 times. A new way of thinking and writing for me.
“You can describe a scene of course. Or a person.”
“You can’t talk about what someone is thinking or feeling. If you can’t see it or hear it, it is not a movie.”
I had much more to learn. I was aiming for a” Movie of the Week for a channel like Lifeline. At the end of each segment there had to be what Paul called a “Hook.” An ending that would pull the viewer back after a commercial break to see what happened next. And it had to be a certain length. Each page, I learned was a minute. It could not be longer than 100 minutes.
FINALLY, it was finished. Paul said it was a good commercial piece. And that my dialogue was good.
I posted it on a good script selling site called Inktip.com and right away I got about six offers to option it. For no money. My attorney said ” no money – no option.” I also got a few producers who read the script and said it wasn’t what they were looking for but I had a talent for dialogue so let them know if I had anything else to offer. It is still available.
Anything ELSE? I was exhausted.
Accidently, I stumbled on the middle of a podcast interview. The guest was a woman from Los Angeles who had a school to teach newcomers how to write scripts. She had a question box.
I asked her, “Can you turn a script into a novel?
She answered immediately.
“Absolutely. The hardest thing to teach a new script writer is how to write dialogue. You already have the dialogue. Now, go back and expand your script about 50 pages and you will have a novel.”
If you are sick of slash and burn, car chases and things blowing up, you might find it a refreshing change. You can read the original script here.
Curious about how we turned it into a novel?
We followed a lot of the script, as she suggested, and added to the story. Many new twists and turns and a different ending.
A GHOST WITHOUT A LIFE – a NOVEL
It is published on Amazon both in Kindle and Paperback. You can find your copy here.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Corinne Edwards has traveled several life paths, from business owner to sales trainer, author, blogger, lecturer, media coach and TV producer.
She is the author of A Woman Without A Man, Reflections from a Woman Alone, Low Pain Threshold, Love Waits on Welcome . . . and other miracles, Sales,Lies and Naked Truths, Are We Spiritual Yet, When Your Husband Has Died – A Survival Guide, Love On The Rocks – Bad Relationships – Good Endings and Media Creation.
The descriptions of all the books, also on Amazon, can be found here.
She produced and hosted 400 shows on national cable called Book Tours with Corinne Edwards for Wisdom Television.
Paul Van Name is a graduate of USC Cinema and coordinated and instructed for their program at Universal Studios, eventually joining the staff at Universal in their production department.
He has co-produced and directed more than 400 shows for Wisdom Television.
He supplemented his college costs as a feature writer for magazines and since has written many articles on the entertainment industry.
He enjoys collecting guitars and working on vintage Ford automobiles.