Why You Should Turn Your Story into a Screenplay (and how to do it)

I have one book that I would like to take on this route and so found this very interesting and helpful.. Head over to Ari Meghlen’s blog to read the rest of this guest post.

Why You Should Turn Your Story into a Screenplay (and how to do it)

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..


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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/

12 thoughts on “Why You Should Turn Your Story into a Screenplay (and how to do it)

  1. I completely agree. I work with a writer’s studio. As we turn stories into screenplays, short screenplays it focuses them in a very different way. It makes them become very visual,


  2. Pingback: Why You Should Turn Your Story into a Screenplay (and how to do it) — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Submit your story logline and showcase it on this network. Or, submit to get your story made into a Video Pitch

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