Writing the Script

You are aces with plot at this point and can easily define, identify and show ideas such as exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution. Hang on to that stuff, because you also will need it in your scripted work.

When we talk about scripted work, we'll address playwriting, screenwriting and graphic novels. Writing for these media differs from short-story writing in several important ways. Script-writing is:

A dramatic art: It needs to have a dramatic impact and force because you need your audience to sit still and watch your movie,. play or television show. You can take a break from a novel any number of times and not lose the plot thread. However, every time you get up to go to the bathroom during a play or movie, you miss stuff. You need to keep you audience glued in its seats with your drama.

A visual art: What your audience sees on the screen, stage or comic-book panel has a much to do with conveying the story as the words. This includes your characters' actions and appearances as well as the set, backgrounds and locations. As a writer, you need to tell your future directors, actors or artists exactly what to do.

An auditory art: This is less true for graphic novels, but the way you write your characters' speech (because it's said aloud) can make or break your script. In a play or screenplay, the only words written that are spoken out loud are in dialog form. Also, think sound effects and music.

A physically produced art: If you can't draw it, act it out or CGI it, you can't use it in your script. A space battle might work great in a graphic novel, fine in a movie but it's going to look ridiculous on stage. Unlike a book or short story, you will be limited by what you can actually put in front of your audiences' eyes.

A continuous art: An audience can only take in a play in one direction, from beginning to end. They can't rewind to a cool scene or hit the pause button for a bathroom break. The same goes for movies and television (as long as you ignore TiVo, illegal downloads or rentals). In scripting, you must be more blatent with you themes and plot because your audience only sees each piece once. Again, this is not so much an issue with graphic novels.

A spectator art: In playwriting in particular, the audience's reaction is key. They'll laugh, they'll cry, they'll respond. Playwrights who want to keep working, respond back by making changes.

Sample Script from "The Guild" (screenwriting)

"Bloody Mary" (playwriting)

"Ultimate Spider-Man, Issue 112" (graphic novel)

"Billy the Demon Hunter" by R.W.W. Greene

Script Frenzy (sign up now)

Scripped.com (Create an account, you will use this to write your scripts. It allows you to format your work correctly and works kind of like Google Docs.)

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