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Danny Manus December 15, Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Writing novels and writing screenplays require two very different skill sets, both learnable with time and practice. First, online estimates say there are overbooks published every year worldwide.
In contrast, there are only about movies released every year domestically, and much fewer scripts actually sold and FAR fewer sold for real money. Sign up for our newsletter and get a free download with tips on How to Turn a Book into a Movie! The book market is widespread and has many niches.
There are only 7 studios and they all want exactly the same thing. Novels can be — pages while screenplays are usually pages. Therefore, novels can give a much more detailed, intricate description and explanation about stories, settings and characters and really explore—in words—what the characters are thinking, imagining, pondering, remembering, feeling, etc.
With screenplays, everything has to be on screen. Novels can explore the backstories and histories of your character and take 20 pages to do so.
With screenplays, there should usually be a clear three-act sometimes four-act structure, and there needs to be a really good reason for a screenplay to be told non-linearly.
With novels, you get a book jacket or a mini-synopsis on the back that will tell you immediately if this is a book you want to read.
The first page of a book is important—but the first page of a screenplay could be everything. Now that you know some of the differences, how do you actually start the adaptation process?
First, make a list of the following: The world and setting of the story. The most visual and key scenes in the book that connect to how that conflict plays out.
The major overarching theme of the book. Instead of two pages of character description, you only get two lines. Often, two or three different characters in a novel will be combined into ONE character in a screenplay. And what happens on the first page of the book may not be how you need to open the film.
Try to nail the same tone that the original material had—as that is part of what built its fan base and that tone needs to translate on film. If you are adapting a true story, it becomes even trickier, but you need to know that changing the timeline of the original story is OK.
All those Nicholas Sparks novels are incredibly small and usually depressing, but the screenplays introduce more conflict and raise the stakes. The screenwriters looked at all the material they had—all the characters, all the true things that happened, the time range of the real story—and then wrote what worked.
Many characters were combined and the time period was totally fudged so that the story became more cinematic and engaging but it kept the essence of the characters involved, the story and the emotion of it all. Much like in life, learning to adapt is often a difficult process but can be one of the keys to success.
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This wikiHow teaches you how to change the default language on your Android phone or tablet, as well as how to change your Android keyboard's input language. so wanted to write to my clever daughter for help. But words came out garbled and my frustration grew. since reading the foreign script (Japanese) was too much for my beginner.