On Screenplay Writing

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Most of the editing for The Stone of Kings is now finished and we’re in the proofing stages. I’m not quite ready yet to pick up where I left off writing my NaNo book.

*twiddles thumbs*

Okay, yeah, I’ve been reading. I’m thoroughly enjoying a novel called 6:59 by Nonye and Kelechi Acholonu, but I find myself feeling slightly guilty because it’s recreational reading.

If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in the last few years as a writer it’s that I’ve gotta DO if I’m gonna GROW.

Right now, I’m not doing much.

But I keep going over scenes of The Stone of Kings in my head and I keep seeing it as a movie. My high school writing class touched briefly on screenplays and I’ve realized that I never tried really writing one (I think I wrote a sketch at one point, but all I ever wrote at the time was short stuff).

So I’m trying it.

Hubby thinks I’m crazy. “Wait and see how well the book sells first.”

*puts on pensive face*

But what if I’m better at writing screenplays and I just don’t know it yet? I won’t ever find out till I try, right?


So I’m chomping at the bit patiently waiting for whoever has checked out Syd Field’s book at my library to return it. Till then, I’ve been reading screenplays for research. It’s actually pretty fascinating. In the last few days, I’ve read The 5th Element, the Back to the Future trilogy – did you know that there was no DeLorean in the original script o_O -, Thelma and Louise, and I’m in the middle of reading Titanic.Β It’s really neat seeing how things in the script played out (or didn’t) as compared to what’s on the screen.

Yes, I said “neat.” It just is. So there.

I’m having fun so far. And what’s the point if it’s not fun? πŸ˜€

It doesn’t matter if I write a screenplay and it never gets made into a movie. What matters is that I’m exploring a new medium. I’m looking to this experience to teach me other ways to make my writing more visual.

Show, don’t tell. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, thinking of The Stone of Kings being made into a movie but never writing the screenplay seems silly. It’s like saying, “I’m hungry. I’ll wait and see if someone will make me dinner.”

I might burn the dinner, but at least I tried.

Have you had an idea and thought, “Hey, that would make a great movie!”? Have you looked into writing a screenplay? What was your experience? Share your story!

10 thoughts on “On Screenplay Writing

  1. You’re so ambitious! I’ve had people tell me that a few of my stories would make good Hallmark type movies, but I’ve never had the inclination to write a screenplay. I guess I figure if someone with the power to make it happen likes it, they’ll pay someone else to do the re-writing! In the meantime, I keep struggling with the stories I want to tell…

    1. lol I guess, for me it stems from being out of the loop on good books till the movie comes out. Hunger Games, Divergent, Stardust… I hadn’t heard of any of them till the movies hit the theatres. I don’t see Harp Lessons as a movie, but because there’s a much stronger message of unity and peace in The Stone of Kings, I have a desire to see it reach a bigger audience. πŸ™‚

  2. I belong to a very informative site called “Stage 32” and they just added a screenwriting section to the site you might be interested in.

    You should check it out πŸ™‚

    Christi Corbett

  3. I am quite the opposite. I am a screenwriter and playwright and have turned one of my award winning screenplays into a novel. I can say that the format for both is very different and I think writing a novel is much harder.

    1. I’m certainly learning the difference in format. I can see how it would be harder to do that. The 5th Element, for example is written so visually, with all the cuts and futuristic elements, it would be hard to capture that kind of energy in a novel. Good luck with your endeavor! πŸ˜€

  4. Doubt I’ll attempt writing a screenplay but I do run my novels through my head and picture the characters, settings and all as a movie. I even have one that I thought would make an adorable movie for the Hallmark channel πŸ˜€

    1. I see Harp Lessons as a movie in my head too, but I don’t think I would ever try to write that one as a screenplay either. I had actually written the book for my family and never had intentions of publishing it in the first place. lol Maybe your “Hallmark channel” novel will get picked up one day. πŸ˜‰

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