I started by looking through the short stories I've written. I wanted one that:
- Had a very visual story.
- Could be filmed inexpensively (no exotic locations or special effects).
- Had a variety of characters to help demonstrate the talents of my girls.
- I hadn't sold the copyright to.
And of course I ended up choosing "The Suitcase Man".
I copied and pasted it into my scriptwriting program, Celtx, and broke it out into action, characters, parentheticals and dialog. Then I looked it over carefully and made a few changes for the sake of actors and locations. For example, I made the character Gretchen younger because my daughter will be 13 when we expect to film this. Finally, I adjusted some of the action and dialog to show onscreen some things that I had explained in the short story format.
In the next "Suitcase Man" installment: how we chose our roles.