So you want to write a novel

by CynthiaYockey on December 2, 2010

Xtranormal is the new Downfall/Hitler clip.

I first saw this at The Rejecter, where the author of the video comments. She is an assistant to a literary agent and a published novelist. She is a witty and a helpful mentor to writers looking for an agent and their first big break.

Actually, I always thought writing screenplays would be more appealing than writing novels, which is one reason I majored in both English and theatre. However, this year Roger Simon told me that it’s better to write novels and then see about turning them into screenplays. That’s because fans of your novel won’t put up with the free association total transformations of your story into formulaic twaddle by the powers-that-be, which is a phenomenon that plagues the process of bringing original screenplays to the screen. So the six-foot tall brassy black MTF trannie wedding planner in her 40’s doesn’t get turned into a shy young white woman in her 20’s who is a barista at Starbucks by day and vampire slayer by night.

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