Novel writing to script writing

So I’m back into my script again, and I must admit, the hiatus was enough to make me excited about it. It’s a different format than novel writing, but if you’re a visual writer, you might like it.

One thing I’ve found that is different; they say show instead of tell as well, but their idea of what showing is, I can only compare to ‘telling’ for novels. For novels you show what the character is doing;

Henry sat on the chair, his mind in a fog about the news of Lisa’s death. How would he live without her? How would he continue on?

“What am I going to do without her”? he asked, his voice cracked with pain.

George picks up a glass half full of dark liquid. “It’ll get easier,”


For script writing it’s completely different. Below is from my script MARKED


(looking uncomfortable)

Well, they know your past, how you did time and stuff, and some see you hangin’ out in your old neighbourhood as a sign you haven’t changed.



So they think I’m an embarrassment to the police force.


No, more like a slap in the face.

Rod gets annoyed.


Now calm down, that’s only if you really were hangin’ with your old crowd.


Well I’m not!

Rod makes eye contact with the brunette dancer. She smiles at him and taunts him. Tony notices.


Yeah, not like any of your old habit came back, or anything.


What’s that suppose to mean?


Oh please. We both know you and a beautiful face don’t mix.


Wait, are you saying my Angela isn’t beautiful?


Far from it, but Angela’s kind of beauty and that kind of beauty-

(he points to the brunette dancer)

-are two different things.

Rod looks back at the brunette dancer.


That kind of beauty is what landed you in jail. Remember?


(lowers his eyes, stares at the floor)

Hey, I thought she needed my help.


What she needed was a doufus who thought with his dick, instead of his brain.


See how different the format is? To me, this is telling in novel writing, but from what I understand, this is showing for script writing.  Also, many scriptwriting sites I read are saying that you don’t really need to put in camera angles. That’s more for a production script.

Do you have a story that might be better off as a script?


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

2 Responses to Novel writing to script writing

  1. Good analysis. They really are different forms. Novel writers get in trouble when they try to write the way your screenplay reads. What’s exciting on the screen can be boring on paper and vice versa. Nicely done!

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