Writing fiction seems like it should be easy, right? I mean, you can write whatever you want. However, this is the problem that I am currently stuck with. Sure I have some guidelines. I am attempting to create a fictional screenplay based off a non-fictional essay I wrote last year for ENG 325. But this is a bigger leap then I first anticipated. I have an idea for a story but I feel as though it could go in so many directions. There are so many different themes I could focus on, symbols I can emphasize, and types of characters I could develop – but the question becomes, what are the choices that will lead to the best script?
This experience reminds me of my gateway project. For that project, I was taking an academic essay that I had already wrote on The Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life,” and attempting to turn a creative interpretation as to what The Beatles hidden, deeper messages were in the song. I struggled with finding what the most important lines of the song were, and the themes which to focus on. With time I was able to come up with a strong piece of writing that I felt comfortable with, but still being in the early stages of this project has made me question how difficult it will be this time around.
What I learned from that last experience was when I start with a big idea, and then start to narrow it down and focus on what seems to be the most important, and then researching and spending time thinking about it is how I got the most productive response. I am trying to do this for my story now, but there seem to be a lot of challenges that I didn’t anticipate.