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Re: Contrasting Novels, Plays, Screenplays

Postby updog » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:22 am

I have no idea what Cyn meant when she said playwrights don't write dialogue, but after rereading this thread from the beginning, I *think* what Cyn is talking about is the difference in the way she would *write* a play vs novel vs screenplay. She's not talking about the final product (the play performed), but the method the writer uses in getting there. The playwright's job is to create a blueprint for the actors and directors and set builders to follow. A playwright can't make use of character thoughts, she has to show how a character thinks by how she moves him through a scene. A screenwriter can summarize or just give basic direction in the script, because a camera will capture the emotions of the characters or zoom out to show an army marching over a hill or a woman weeping next to a grave. In a novel, the writer has to put all those images and all that emotion onto the page, because there are no actors and there is no cinematography. But a novel writer has the luxury of going directly inside a character's head, which is pretty cool when you think about it. ;)
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It's funny, though, because introspection and internal monologue are really my tools of last resort.

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