It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog. I figure it’s time I put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard so to speak.
So what should I write about? I went to this awesome writers convention last weekend, When Words Collide! It was the first time I’d ever been to a writers conference, so I didn’t really know what to expect. Everyone was there and by that I mean; there were big name authors, writers hunting for agents, avid readers, and everyone else in between.
The choice of sessions to attend were numerous and widely varied. The one that I found most interesting was on transmedia storytelling. Finally, I have words for what I’m trying to achieve! Little did I now that there are actual classes taught at a University level on this very subject! Perhaps you’re all wondering what transmedia storytelling is? Here’s a definition I found on Wikipedia.
Transmedia Storytelling (also known as transmedia narrative or multiplatform storytelling, cross-media seriality) is the technique of telling a single story or story experience across multiple platforms and formats including, but not limited to, games, books, events, cinema and television. The purpose is not only to reach a wider audience by expanding the target market pool, but to expand the narrative itself.
So, how am I incorporating transmedia storytelling in to my world of writing you ask? Well – first comes the foundation, my young adult novel titled, Harmless. Once I’ve submitted the manuscript for this, I’ll be working on my Harmless prequel in graphic novel form. The graphic novel been on the back burner for a while now. I can’t wait to get started on it again. While I’m waiting for my most talented artist (Brianna Schretlen) to draw the frames, I’ll again be switching gears again, typing away at the sequel to Harmless in novel form.
Oh, but my transmedia storytelling doesn’t stop there! I’ve got big dreams! A book trailer is in the works for Harmless. I am so excited to show it to you all when it’s finished. The trailers is a collaborative effort between me, Brianna, and a vary talent musician (whom I’ll wait to name). Let me tell you… The rough draft, gives me goose bumps! It looks like it’s a movie trailer!
More transmedia ideas… Someday I would like to create a fandom type website, that centers around the characters and mythology I’ve created. It would be a place where fans could interact with other fans and geek out about all things Harmless.
Other transmedia storytelling I’d love to happen… It would be crazy awesome if someone wanted to make my book in to a movie or TV show. A video game version is also on my dreaming about list. I could go on and on about this… but I shall cut it short. I need to get back to the editing of my manuscript.
‘Till I blog again… Good reading and good writing!