Snap shot into my-mind:
So the date when I start writing the sequel is on the “7th of January 2017”.
My current plan is simple start writing and do not stop till you are finished with the first sequel.
Regarding the forum: All the feedback and ideas will be taken into account.
I am also hoping regarding the forum I can get some new ideas regarding the background. The reason is it does not seem that enticing yet. Instead of thinking “hmmm… how would I like it to be” I am giving the possibility to the customers to decide. Remember it is not one size fits all so we can also change it over some time intervals.
Ideas regarding forum background:
As mentioned earlier I am not the one who decides but I can give some ideas.
Maybe it could be a tavern from the middle ages seen from the inside? Imagine you click on the forum on truestoryofdracula.com bam you find yourself in a tavern. Instead of all this blue currently you see a bar where the logo is. The bar man is talking to one of the customers. Towards the search on the other end you see tables with men and a few women siting behind. Yada, yada, yada I mean I could go on but would you want that or can you imagine something better?
Maybe it could be a prison cell? Under the login or sign up there could be a opening where the light comes in from. Of course behind bars that is. More towards the logo you can see a door and stairs going down. Would you like that?
I mean I am open to all kinds of ideas.
I have also been thinking what if we make a “web page movie” out of it. Most likely not what you were thinking of but use the different background as “film cartridges”.
Instead of it being tavern, castle, stable, blacksmith, house, market with some of them maybe getting more votes than others. How about if we get our hands dirty?
Tavern this happens, that happens a lot of people bla, bla, bla, bla. But it changes over a longer time period. Not only so that okay we just move everybody around and no one gets out but as if something new happens over a time period. Hay we are not saying one day you find a house and the next it is burnt to the ground. But if they are smaller changes they could happen over a shorter time period say 24 hours.
Back stage about: True Story of Dracula
One of the things I am hoping for with the forum is to get insight into the mind of the reader. In regard to what do you find most noteworthy?
Why am I bringing it up?
It is because I would like to know is it possible that I can combine some of the things I have received as comments into the movie.
Hopefully you have already read the whole book and therefore can outline some conclusions.
One conclusion would be it is almost 100% impossible to make it into a series because it would simply be too lame to have a single day in several episodes. So I am hoping I can get to learn what really interests my readers and what would they love to see in film. Before eventually selling the movie rights.
I do have some more I would like to add to “Back stage about True Story of Dracula” and “Black Sails”:
When I am talking to people about books I often come upon the phrase or metaphor “They open up a whole new universe”. In regards to the pros and cons with using an old story line is that the story has already been written. Therefore there is nothing to make it into a “WOW” experience.
A good way how to put it is think of a dessert any dessert. The best it can taste is if it suits your taste. But it cannot over do that e.g. when you are eating a hot dog it would be weird if you thought ”This is some damn good chicken”.
My point is: Why not then take the time necessary to come out with something original rather than a look alike?
The worst that can happen is they hate it. The best that can happen is they love it and will talk about it for many years to come.
We look at the opposite side the worst that can happen is no one will go to see it. The best that can happen is people think it is worth seeing.
Before I can get to the conclusion there is one more thing:
Okay, okay I do see why there are many “Projects”. As for me and the 11 other books I began with was because I was uncertain of True Story of Dracula being a success. I was so uncertain that not before having the final hardcover version in my hands did I realize “What the heck I had done”.
I think I can draw a line here. Authors like to create authentic things that vary from the rest. Authors are dedicated to what they do and I firmly believe there is a under lying factor other than the material.
Script writers I am not sure. With me it was the challenge of putting a story in script form. I however am an author and not a script writer.
Let me know what you think?