Progress update – halfway through the adaptation

I’m at about 60 pages in the screenplay adaptation of my zombie novel, THE TRIP.

Things are for the most part going well. I’m getting the feel for the rhythm of moving back and forth across the two timelines. One thing that’s helped – strangely enough – is watching ONCE UPON A TIME. My daughters are huge fans of the show, and I’ll admit I liked the first couple seasons. I think they do a good job moving between past and present in the show. It’s a similar approach to what I need to do for THE TRIP.

Sadly, there are chapters and scenes that need to go because they work in the novel but they don’t fit as well for a screenplay. A lot of dialog has to be tweaked as well – when you’re writing a novel, you’re writing for the eye. When you write a screenplay, dialog is for the ear. A lot of it still works, but there are places where it needs to be tightened or tweaked.

It’s coming together nicely, and I think the A/B/C plotlines fit a movie well. We’ll see if this goes anywhere when I’m done.


  1. That’s hard work. It’s difficult to fill an empty page. Once you know what you want to write, in broad stekros, just pound out material. Doesn’t need to be perfect. Figure on twice what the final length is to be after editing. Good luck! I know Tynan has written several shorties about 100 pages each. I actually have one of them somewhere.

  2. Hey! I really enjoy reading your blog.
    Good luck with the rest of your adaptation, glad to hear it’s coming along nicely 🙂
    I recently adapted my futuristic novella into a screenplay too, and was amazed at how much the story changed in writing for a different medium. It was a really enjoyable process though!
    Wishing you all the best in your writing 🙂

    • Thanks! I wish you the best as well.

      That adaptation made honorable mention in the 2015 Writers Digest Annual Writing Competition screenplay category.

      In a fit of insanity I decided to launch on an animated movie based on The Trip, which is coming along nicely. It’s an insane amount of work but I find it enjoyable since I’ve dreamed of being an animator since I was a kid.

      Keep me posted on your progress!

  3. I could not refrain from commenting. Well written!

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