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Last night, The Color Purple was mentioned on two television shows back-to-back, Young Sheldon and B Positive. By accident? I doubt it. It’s Black History Month and The Color Purple, a 1983 PulitzerPrize winner, was written by Alice Walker, a Black writer. The poignant novel is known as an epistolary novel because it was written as a series of letters.
In 1985, Steven Spielberg directed a screenplay based on the novel. The film starred Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey and dealt with domestic violence and finding one’s self worth with the help of female companions.
My work in progress deals with an abusive relationship and will be a not-so-typical novel. My 2020 RPLA First Place Novel, a somewhat virtual novel, was written in the form of online chats.
Don’t be afraid to step out of the normal narrative form. There will be critics. Not everyone will like your creativity, but it could reap rewards, intrinsic and in the form of awards. Who knows? Maybe, your book will receive a brief mention on a television sit-com or be turned into a screenplay.