Writing a Screen Play?

I’ve been reading a book on screen script writing. And I have discovered two things. I will never be a screen writer because, like most authors, I think in a linear fashion. And screen writers seem to write by looking at the “big picture.” (That is not intended as a pun.) They seem to view the story in an abstract way, while my writing is pretty much straight forward.
I can understand screen writing because when I write, for me, it is like seeing a “movie” on the inside of my eyelids and I just put down on paper what I see and what the characters are saying.
One thing I have learned, and a reason I would recommend a book on screen-writing, is that any writer can improve his or her writing just by following the procedures outlined in such a manual. For instance, when I write I am always thinking “What comes next?” And that, I find, is what screen writers do. In fact, over my writing desk I have a note that reminds me, “What comes next?” That is great advice for any kind of fiction writing. Another commonality between screen scripting and any kind of adventure fiction is: “Immediately throw your hero into trouble.”
Absolutely. And you must never let him (or her) up until the final act. You must keep the obstacles coming and the pressure on, until that moment when the protagonist realizes a change in his view of life from when the book started. There always has to be a transformation, if you are going to finish your novel with a satisfying ending. That does not always mean a “happy” ending, but one which allows the reader to take away the feeling that he has not wasted his time with your work. I was surprised to find that the methods used for writing screen-plays is so similar to any kind of writing. And yet it takes a special kind of writer to take a 300 page novel and condense it into a 100 page script for making a movie. I can’t do it, but maybe you can.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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