I must take a step back from “To Be” and rethink the story. First I thought the story would be the same even though I shifted the main character from her to him, but as I continued I realized that the story is not his.
First of all, I have to analyze what kind of story I want it to be. I’ve always considered him rather pleased with his life, but love changes it all in an unpleasant and frightening way. Is that the way I want it still? In the beginning of the story, people have problems with him, while he is rather satisfied. I’m not the kind of writer who wants to tell someone that he only thinks he is happy; because he doesn’t know what is behind those hills where true happiness is found. People have the right to be happy. Happiness is the essence of life.
Then I need to consider his love interest, if she will be the same character or not. His mother and father are terrific characters. There is an old hag and drunken homeless I would like to keep too. His sister and her wife didn’t turn out as I expected – they aren’t as happily married as I thought; maybe that is a good thing for the story – they could fix it.
So “To Be” returns to the drawing board and I have nothing to write any longer. That is no fun, but I need to think what is best for the script.