Today I welcome writer A. S. McDermott onto my blog, who is sharing his advice on turning your story into a screenplay.
Big thanks to Arran for being today’s guest poster, please make sure to check out his links and details at the end of this post.
So you’ve finished your novel or short story. You’re ready to send it out for publishing, either traditional or self-published.
A lot of this time will be spent waiting to hear back about queries you’ve sent out, thinking up ways to market your novel or anthology, and chewing your nails.
But there’s another way you can spend this time between the final draft and your hoped-for publication.
What if you took your story and turned it into a screenplay?
I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t that twice as much work? Isn’t screenplay format really hard to learn?
And aren’t the chances of getting the screenplay actually produced tiny? The answers are yes, not really, and probably. But the benefits of adapting your own story are numerous, regardless of whether it gets filmed. So let’s look at the why, and then we’ll address the how.
Why Should You Adapt Your Story for the Screen?
The main benefit to turning your book into a screenplay is that it’s a great writing exercise. In a novel, or even a longer short story, you have a huge amount of freedom with story structure.
Head over and read the rest of this very helpful post before you begin the process of turning your novel into a screenplay..