Well, the screenplay was a good idea. I read through it over the weekend, even though I had already started the project of moving it to a novel. I got to thinking though that the single mother angle in the screenplay version is a little bit too cliche and since I’m an advocate for Father’s Rights, I figured, what the heck?
First thing on the reconfiguration was to add another character, as there was a major scene later in the story between the main characters and the father that returns to their lives. If the father is going to be a single father, that scene was toast, so add another character for that scene. Cool beans, this is easy.
What to do with mom though? Walks out on the kids? No, still cliche, even from the other perspective. Dead? Workable, but kind of lame. A druggie? Not the story I want to tell. I need the single parent angle as its important to the story.
Not so easy after all. So I sat and thought.
Mom, dead in a car accident is lame and easy, but also, since the character is not as important as the ABSENCE of the character, it became the best option. If I come up with a way to bump her off instead of a car accident, I can change it, but again, what’s important to the development of my main characters is the mom character’s absence and how that is achieved is only important in so that to not distract the reader with too many details on unimportant information.