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The Difference Between a Book and a Movie
Saturday January 16, 2021 from 3 pm to 4pm (EST) via Zoom
with Ken Weene Ph.D
Do you want to write a novel or a screenplay?
Many of the novels sent to me for review on It Matters Radio, the podcast I co-host, and those brought to me in writing groups I facilitate, share a common flaw. In their hearts, the authors have been writing a movie, not a novel.
It’s understandable; first, most of us see more movies than we read books. Hey, who doesn’t enjoy sitting with a bag of popcorn and watching a good tale unfold? Second, who doesn’t want the payday a movie brings? There’s the sale of your story, the sales of your book and the sales of your other books. Wow, bonanza!
The problem is that what makes a good script doesn’t necessarily make a good novel.
Here are just a few of the topics I hope to cover in our workshop:
The first scene grabber vs starting the story;
Why it’s important to pet the cat; of course, you know the perfect actor for the part,
What gets described vs what gets scene (intentional pun);
The last-minute twists vs the character arc;
Dealing with invisible collaborators.
Hopefully, this workshop will help you decide IF you want to write a script or a novel and how to avoid embarking on the wrong project.
Ken Weene has a Ph.D. in psychology and several published books, which you can find on Amazon or his website, www.kennethweene.com. Primarily a novelist and poet, Ken has also co-authored an optioned screenplay based on his novel Times To Try the Soul of Man.