After lots of consideration, I’ve decided that my currently untitled cyberpunk project will be a novel. Throughout developing this idea, I’ve explored choosing different mediums. When I originally started writing this, I thought it would be a graphic novel. However, a combination of factors led to the decision to write a novel.
First was the overall difficulty in finding an illustrator who I thought would be able to bring this story to life. I left myself a good amount of time to find someone, but as time went on, I realized it was going to be much more challenging than anticipated. That being said, I’ve worked with some really talented concept artists and the experience was great. So stay tuned, I may drop some more concept art soon.
Secondly, and more importantly, is I think that writing a novel is the best thing to do for both myself and the readers. The words on the page will be 100% what I imagine the story to be and readers will be able to get the full immersive experience, from the world to the characters and the full range of dialogue. I’m going to be able to have full control over the experience. I’m positive this will result in a more satisfying experience.
As for me, one of the reasons why I haven’t written a novel is that I thought that I could never actually write a novel. One of the reasons why I chose to study screenwriting was because of that fear. Over the years, I’ve even attempted to write a few novels and failed. I think the failures were one reason why I was scared to actually try writing another novel. It became this big mental hurdle. But there’s a quote that says, “do what scares you, because it will give you the most growth.” I’m honestly quite terrified to write this, but I need to block out the self-doubt and embrace the passion that made me begin this journey to begin with. This will be the most rewarding choice for me.
There are lots of challenges on the road ahead. For one is managing expectations. The word count of a novel is three or four times longer than a screenplay, which I’m more accustomed to writing. I need to understand that the results won’t come fast and that I will probably be finished by sometime next year. I gotta stay focused on the daily process and not be too concerned about the results at this moment.
Next is just trying to tell the story in my own voice and with my own words. I’ll speak more on this later, but I’m just going to try to express myself the best way that I can.
Finally, for everyone who is checking in on me and dropping positive comments, I can’t begin to tell you how crucial you are. I appreciate all of it. I wanna give a special shout out to my good friend Natasha who has been so supportive of my work. Your words of encouragement are really touching and I appreciate it a lot.
And anyone who read my work: Thank You!!! Seriously, usually only friends, partners, or family members are the ones who read an up-and-coming writer’s work. This is the whole reason why I do this; to share my work with others. So if you took a chance on me and read any of my stories, thank you.
I’ll probably be posting a little bit more this month, so keep on the lookout for some more updates.