The Screenplay Dilemma – Is It Worth It?

Please extend a warm welcome to today’s guest host and dear friend, Kate Lynd, author of Gladiator. Kate has a special giveaway to announce at the end!

If there’s anything I love more than a great book, is a great film based on said book. But I think something has to be said here that all novelists should keep in mind. Books and films are like apples and oranges. To compare one to the other is pointless. They are different animals, their mediums demanding different things. I prefer writing novels but what I’ve learned over years of trying to break into the screenwriting trade is that the rules are very different.

A novel can be short. It can be long. You can be up in a character’s head. Their dialogue can be a little wordier. The novel’s form itself can be much more forgiving. Whereas in a screenplay you have limits. You have exactly 90-120 pages to tell your story. Everything is action and dialogue. V.O. (also known as voice over) is for the weak and in very few cases to the contrary it is the mark of an amateur. So what about these three hour films? Who writes those? Again usually an industry professional whose spec script got them in the door for script doctoring assignments.

Think your editor is hard on you, imagine your work being paid for only to have it stripped away in favor of another writer’s work. Or worse, imagine writing the spec, doing drafts, taking notes, only to never see your name on the finished film and another screenwriter’s name on the product. Imagine WGAw arbitrating to decide whose name goes on said film. No, Hollywood is brutal for everybody, but especially the writer who is the least respected on the totem pole.

Everything about screenwriting is hard. Hollywood is cold old boys network with twenty-some-things vying for all the new jobs. New York is hard too. Large and impersonal it can loom large in the author’s mind as the holy grail. Just as Hollywood can. But here’s the secret at both the Hollywood and New York levels, you need an agent to play. Your book as a movie?

The goal of any good adapted screenplay is the capture the spirit of the book not the letter of it. Two characters are maybe melded into one character. Stuff gets left out because you can’t possibly cram everything in the novel verbatim into a screenplay. Books are read. Movies are viewed. Meaning, stuff has to happen. Constantly. Movies move. So the quiet, contemplative novels are often harder to adapt. Also movies have budgets. Directors to be paid, actors, actresses, the writers, crafts people, stunt people, stand ins. Books don’t.

Movies are collaborative on every level. There is collaboration in novel writing to. Everyone within the sound of my voice here this, cultivate your relationship with your editor. Your book upon acceptance by a house, if the house is worth their salt will have at least two editors for you. A content editor and a line editor. Maybe content editor is a line editor as well. If so all the more reason to listen to them. No, they are infallible gods but they are invaluable to your career in that if you learn as you go your writing will improve.

And if success comes your way do NOT take leave of your senses and start acting like literary diva. Burning bridges along the way is not the way to grow your career. As in Hollywood the person you piss on today maybe the person pissing on you tomorrow.

For my money the independent world has been good to me both publishing wise and writing wise. With angels like Lea Schizas, Frank Hall, Tanja Cilia, and as of late Sandra Bowman on my side I would say if you are lucky enough for someone to publish you and want to make your book into a movie, understand the movie is an entirely different animal. And that you will most likely have to sign away all theatrical rights. And you will need an agent to do it. But fortunately they pay you for the right to do that.

The Gladiator Chronicles, Book 1

Kate Lynd (Amy McCorkle)
Cover Artist: Delilah Stephans
Ten years ago Tristan Shane had failed to pick sides and he paid with the ultimate price—his family. Enslaved as a post-apocalyptic gladiator, he is now faced with a similar dilemma, serve the despot Queen and murder her innocent sister, or face certain death himself. What will he choose?

Tristan Shane was a moderate before the nuclear and economic crisis which plunged the world into darkness. While his sister Aidia ran off to fight the rebel’s war he desperately tried to hang onto normalcy and lost his wife and children in the process. Spending the next ten years as the Crown’s favored and the mob’s favorite Gladiator, he never expects to meet the Queen’s sister, Alexandra, a Healer.

She claims to be the much whispered about Savior sent to heal the wounded Earth and oceans, the one who would bring about her cruel sister’s dethroning. But is she? Or is she just a fraud? But he quickly learns her erotic touch has the power to heal his heart and his to save her life. But as the passion heightens and the danger increases will they have forever or will he have to give up everything to save the planet?


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About the Author:
Amy McCorkle was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She has lived in New Mexico and Texas as well but she currently makes her home in Shepherdsville,KY.

An award winning blogger she is also a successful author in both the sci-fi erotic romance genre with No Ordinary Love and the upcoming release a dark romantic suspense tale Another Way To Die. She also has been contracted for GLADIATOR a Mad Max meets Gladiator series set to be a trilogy. She has placed second in the 2011 Preditors & Editors Readers Choice Poll for Best Short Romance Story. And semi-finaled with Another Way to Die in the 2012 Moondance International Film Festival.

From Hydra Publications, Set Fire to the Rain recently released and her first print novel, Bounty Hunter is due out in October. She is also contracted for the Gunpowder & Lead series she is co-authoring with Melissa Goodman.

Her work is flavored by her childhood heroes, pop culture, music, and the cinema as well as the writers she still enjoys reading today.


Connect with Kate!

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One Response to The Screenplay Dilemma – Is It Worth It?

  1. Amy McCorkle says:

    Thanks for having me Sandra, this was one of my favorite blogs to write! I hope you enjoyed me being here.

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