January

So it’s been a while since I’ve last blogged! Sorry for neglecting all you good people, I consider myself well and truly told off! A lot has happened since my last post and things generally tend to move at the pace in which they choose to move at, in the little old world of The Will. And the min which live inside me, exactly like the ones who live inside The Will, just won’t be rushed!

The truth is that I’m now back at work full time after breaking my leg and I’m finding it hard to give myself any quality writing time, but then that’s a problem we all face every day, I hear you say, so nothing new there then.
My leg still feels a bit spongey at times, but I’m SO GLAD to be off those crutches! I never want to go back on those fellas again, let me tell you.

So, after sitting on my backside for three months, doing nothing but eating, drinking, writing, staying up late, getting up late and watching films, returning to work and getting my head around the finer points of theatrical scenery is coming back to me at a rapid pace. They say you never forget much, but sometimes I can’t even remember what I was doing yesterday, so I’ll leave that open to discussion.

I did write half of a new novel while I was off though, so sooner or later I’m going to get my head straight back into that and try and get it finished off. It will be the third in the Minology series, and a direct sequel to the first book.

I have also been back in a rehearsal space with The No Marks! First time in three years that I’ve been slogging away in a freezing cold room playing song after song and keep getting it wrong! I’ll get the hang of it soon enough. I’m loving being back in a band again, watch out for some gigs soon!

Another exciting thing that I have been doing lately though, and the thing that is taking up most of my spare time at the moment, is turning my first novel ‘Minology – The Curious Secret Of Central Head’ into a screenplay.
It is such great fun doing this, and I’m enjoying it immensely, although it is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT to writing a novel! There you go, see? Two instances of capital letters in one blog and I haven’t even finished yet. There are a LOT of capitals in a screenplay, the trouble is finding which are correct and which are not! (Three instances.)

I suppose the biggest difference that I’ve found is that as a screenwriter, you have to portray the feel and mood of the scene in only a few lines of stage directions, whereas in a novel, you can write page after page of build-up and the reader can choose to take it at their own pace. In a film, you have a few seconds, a minute or two at most to get the message across. It very different, but I guess I know my characters better than anyone so it’s worth me giving it a try! Initial feedback is good too, so who knows, maybe one day we might see the min on the telly!

So then, who do you want to see playing the main characters? Place your answers below and I’ll give Hollywood a bell!

I’ll start you off. I reckon Steve Pemberton should play Leopold Schmidt…