This is an experiment in pacing for me. Before, I’ve always allowed the plot to unfold in as much in-story time as it needed, open-endedly. Over the winter, when I was invited to submit an audio drama adaptation for Tales from Rugosa Coven to a production company (that ultimately passed on the project), I binge-read all the standard intro screenwriting books. The screenwriting people know a thing or two about pacing, and they mostly agreed that three weeks was a long but good period of in-story time for a two hour film.
I’d been asking myself for a while whether it would be the end of the bleeping world if I wrote a book, for once, that wasn’t unfilmable.