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The biggest different between a novel and a movie is that in a novel, things are described to the reader. The reader can get inside the character's head, be told what the characters are feeling, what the characters and thinking... This doesn't happen in a movie. A movie can only show, not tell. A screenplay has to be entirely visual (and auditory.) This is ...


I've tried to do this myself, so I'll pass along what I've learned. First, note that the audience hears a play about one-third as fast (150-200 words per minute) as they read a novel (500-600 words a minute). Because of that, a screenplay requires "crisper" writing, with fewer excess words than a novel. A novel might describe a hero's actions as follows: ...

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