Foolishly, I am attempting to write my own screenplay from my novel, Bloodlines: Cove Point Manor. It is about as difficult as I thought it would be, although things are coming along.
Unlike writing a novel, where a character’s thoughts can be written and very descriptive scenes described, a screenplay is more of a bare-bones piece of work. When a screenplay is turned into a movie, or TV program, the background is contained in the shot and is not described, and in most cases, the thoughts of a character remain hidden in their minds, revealing themselves only in the body language, facial expressions and actions of the character on screen.
Writing a screenplay requires a different mindset from that used when writing a book. In both instances a writer needs to be able to visualize the scene, the characters and the action that takes place. In a screenplay though, a lot of what the writer may visualize may differ from what a director and producer visualize. This is where a movie can often let down a reader, and an author, and is the driving force behind me wanting to write my own screenplay: control over the final product.
If I were to simply option my story and have a screenwriter interpret Cove Point Manor as they see fit, some of the key elements or characters may become lost. I may not be successful in writing a screenplay of Cove Point Manor, but it never hurts to give it a try. At a minimum I am learning a new skill; at best, I may just end up seeing my words brought to life one day on the big, or small, screen!
It never hurts to try something new, and the only real failure in life is not trying.