Tag Archives: short stories

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
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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Questions 608: Working to the Payoff

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Caine asks: “Do great payoffs come from setting it up in the first place, or working back from the ending?”
Resources Mentioned:
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Babylon 5
The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag by Robert A. Heinlein
All You Zombies by Robert A. Heinlein (from the collection The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag)/
The Usual Suspects

Questions 600: Quality Shorts

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Caine asks: “How are quality shorts made?”
Resources Mentioned
Nightfall by Isaac Asimov
Stories from the Twilight Zone by Rod Serling
The Twilight Zone
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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