Tuesday, July 21, 2009

When Hollywood Calls

No, sadly, Hollywood hasn’t called. Yet. Like my eternal optimism? I haven’t even signed a publishing contract and already I’m eyeballing Hollywood and dreaming of selling my books to the big and/or small screen. I remember being 9 years old and telling my mother I was going to move to Hollywood and become an actress. She threatened to disown me if I did. But seeing how supportive she is of my writing career, I’m pretty sure she’d be okay if I got in this way.

But once again, I digress. The Hollywood I’m speaking off is of the fictional kind. I was skimming through (meaning reading in wide eyed fascination)
People.com and out of nowhere this idea begins to percolate. At first it was just a ‘huh, isn’t that a funny situation’ kind of thought, but as most writers know, sometimes that’s all you need. The next thing I know I have a cast of characters long enough to fill an entire season of Grey’s Anatomy (guest stars included) banging on my mental door demanding an audition.

Then as I zip over to
TMZ.com I’m assaulted by more entertainment news which fuels more ideas and before I know it I have too many characters and situations to deal with.

So I do what any half-crazed, idea-soaked writer would do. I grab a new notebook and start scribbling like a mad woman every idea that pops into my cranium. I’m jotting down back stories with no idea which character they belong to, situations with no clue as to which poor sap will end up mired in them. And most importantly, I’m feeling this rush of excitement and glee at the prospect of finding out.

Granted, the Hollywood scene is a far distant cry from early Victorian England or the Old West, but I did say I wanted to branch out and try new things. So, while I finish up revisions on Salvation Falls before heading off to vacation, I will keep jotting down the ideas on the Hollywood novel, currently titled “All That Glitters” and see where it takes me
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7 comments:

Anne MacFarlane said...

I love the exhileration of a new idea. Hope it turns into the path that leads to Christian Bale.

Peggy said...

I think you should head for Hollywood!! :-)

Good luck on the story!

Bonnie Ferguson said...

Woo Hoo, Kelly! Sounds like you have the makings of a fantastic story! :)

Tess said...

Cool! I just LOVE being assaulted by ideas - so much fun to have those sparks of creativity that keep multiplying. Enjoy :)

Julia Smith said...

I LOVE that picture, Kelly! Can't wait to see what you make of these new characters...

Kelly Boyce said...

I know - I thought the pix would make a great book cover.

Trisha said...

I love that photo. Great cover shot. The Hollywood story may be your breakout book!