Tag Archives: novels

Questions 717: Screen to Page?

JB asks: How can an author learn to switch story formats from screenplay and script to novel and short story, or vice versa?

Resources Mentioned

The A-Team
Wiseguy
Rockford Files
The Tin Collectors, a novel by Stephen J. Cannell
Star Wars,From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker (original novelization of A New Hope) by Alan Dean Foster
Star Wars
The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Complete BBC Radio Plays
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy BBC tv series – on Blu-ray and streaming

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Question 562: Runaway Shorts

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Ian asks: “I have a private eye novella that’s trying to turn into an immense crime soap opera. How do I shape the material?”

Resources Mentioned
Questions 540: Serials In Disguise
And Then She Was Gone by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Gap Cycle by Stephen R. Donaldson
Babylon 5
The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
Black Jack Justice by Gregg Taylor, audio drama and novel
Red Panda Adventures by Gregg Taylor, audio drama and graphic novel
2001 by Arthur C. Clarke
The Big Lebowski
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
Lost

Questions 532: Novel or Audiobook First

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Chris asks: “Should I write the novel first, or the audiobook?”

Resources Mentioned:
Down From Ten by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy BBC radio drama
Original Hitchhiker’s Radio Scripts

 

Questions 500: Television Runtime and Novel Length

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Charles asks: How long should a novel be to translate well to a one hour long television episode?

Resources Mentioned:
Undercover Blues 
Radioland Murders 
My Cousin Vinny 
His Girl Friday 
Clerks 

Questions 436: Novels and Screenplays

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Ian asks: How do you pull in the best influences from film and television into a novel, without mixing in the wrong elements?

Resources Mentioned:

Splinter of the Mind’s Eye
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: radio, television, and book