In this episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast, Gabriela Pereira talks with screenwriter and author Doug Richardson, and shares an inside look at the process of adapting a novel for the big screen. In this interview, they discuss the differences between writing a novel and a screenplay, the role of a screenwriter on a movie set, and how to manage relationships with directors, producers, and actors.
Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion or writing style—whether you write for the page, the stage, or the screen—the Writer’s Digest podcast is for you.
Today I have the pleasure of hosting Doug Richardson on the show!
Doug cut his teeth writing some pretty awesome movies including Die Hard 2 and Bad Boys, before entering the world of novel writing.
His Lucky Dey books exists between the gutter and the glitter of a morally suspect landscape he calls Luckyland—a.k.a. Los Angeles. He has also adapted several of his novels into screenplays.
Now listen in as Doug and I discuss the process of taking a story from novel-form to the big screen.
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In this episode Doug shares:
- The differences between writing a screenplay vs. writing a novel.
- An inside look at the process of bringing your book to the screen.
- The ups and downs of working with actors.
- How to navigate the sticky situation of being a writer on a movie set.
- Dealing with bad notes and criticisms on your screenplay.
Listen in to hear Doug talk about all these things… and more!
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About Doug Richardson
Doug Richardson cut his teeth writing movies like Die Hard 2, Bad Boys, and Hostage. But scratch the surface and discover that he thinks there’s a killer inside all of us.
His Lucky Dey books exist between the gutter and the glitter of a morally suspect landscape he calls Luckyland—a.k.a. Los Angeles—the city of Doug’s birth and where he lives with his wife, two children, three big mutts, and the dead body he’s still semi-convinced is buried in his San Fernando Valley back yard.
Links and resources
- To connect with Doug check out his website at dougrichardson.com.
- Learn even more about how to adapt your book for the big screen from author Howard Kaplan in his interview on DIY MFA Radio.
- Want more insight into the differences of screenwriting and novel writing? There are some DIY MFA interviews that will help. Listen to this episode with author and screenwriter Drew Chapman for insights into writing novels vs. writing for TV and films. And for tips on how to think outside the box and use multiple forms of media to tell your story, check out this interview with author Jay Swanson.