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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Turn Your Screenplay into a Novel and Make Hollywood Come to You

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Did you know Die Hard, one of the most successful franchises in movie history, was made from a novel? It’s a relatively thin book entitled Nothing Lasts Forever and the author, Roderick Thorpe, wrote it back in 1979. You should look it up on Amazon, see if you can pick up a copy and give it a read. I’ve always found it fascinating to read the original source material of a favorite movie. Just the other day I learned that one of my all time favorites, Flight of the Phoenix, was based on a novel. I picked up a used copy and read it. This can be a very helpful learning tool for anyone considering the task of adopting his or her original screenplay into a novel.

And you probably know that Rambo, First Blood was based on the book by David Morrell. You should definitely read that if you get a chance! But be prepared for a few surprises! Morrell’s main character in the book is not nearly as reluctant to kill as the character in the movie!

The point is, Hollywood is terrified to risk anything new. You know this; they don’t like to gamble. The people in charge would much rather gamble on a proven entity, something someone else has already gambled on. If you can create something intriguing, interesting… something that generates buzz and that anyone with an Internet connection can find on Amazon, you may just have Hollywood knocking at your door. Imagine that! But even if that never happens, at the bare minimum you will have become a novelist - a REAL WRITER - and I can tell you from first hand experience, that is a great feeling.

If you’re an unproduced screenwriter, regardless of how great your script actually is, you’re basically standing in line with a million other poor souls who think their script is just as awesome. The world of aspiring screenwriters is like an angry mob with curled scripts in upraised hands, screaming at the top of their lungs: “Notice me! Notice me!” But the sad reality is Hollywood won't notice because the sheer numbers are just too staggering.

But take heart, because there IS an alternative!

You CAN achieve success by turning your full-length screenplay into a full-length novel.

Aside from the obvious, there are two BIG reasons you should seriously heed my advice.

First, by turning your script into a novel, you put yourself back in control of your own destiny. Once your novel hits the electronic shelves, it’s available for anyone to see. It could achieve a following, and then it’s off to the races!

Second, and perhaps more important, a very significant transformation occurs when you write a novel… you look at yourself differently. You become a Novelist. How many unproduced screenwriters can say that? I am a novelist. I am a writer. I wrote a book. All these statements will be true. People will want you to autograph a copy for them (you’ll have paperbacks available on Amazon at no cost to you; this is one of the best-kept secrets on the Internet! Check out CreateSpace.com). Friends and family members will look at you differently.

And you need that. As a human being, you need the affirmation that says I AM A WRITER and the evidence to back it up. Your subconscious needs it. Things change after you become a published writer. Priorities become clearer. Whereas one day, you were pursuing a hobby, once you get your book on Amazon, you’re no longer a hobbyist. You’re an author, with an Author’s Profile page. Real ISBN numbers. You’re a writer. And who knows? You may just learn that you enjoy writing fiction in novel form better than you enjoy writing scripts. If that happens, embrace it. Go with it. There will always be opportunities down the road to take one of your original novels in the other direction and convert it into a screenplay. The key here is to increase your marketability. That’s the most important thing.

And, when you turn your screenplay into a novel, you accomplish an amazing thing...

Your original story sees the light of production, which is critical for people who not only yearn to create, but yearn to entertain, to move, to inspire. We want people to experience our stories and be affected by them, changed by them. This isn’t just about selling a script, it’s about moving an audience. The published novel doesn’t need actors, music, lights, camera, sound. It can be enjoyed as is. It is totally self-contained.

If you have a script lying in your desk drawer, then you have, right there, the basis for a novel. A novel that could quite possibly become the next best-seller on Amazon. But first you need to make a decision. The decision to go for it...

Why A Guide?

There are tools and techniques for writing a novel which the typical screenwriter doesn't have a need for when composing a screenplay. Tools such as choosing a point-of-view character and writing from inside the character's head, revealing his or her thoughts and emotions. Writing rich and vivid descriptions that make the most of sensory detail. This isn't a discussion about character development or plot which the screenwriter is all too familiar with. This is about specific novel-writing techniques designed to make your reader feel in the absence of the visual stimulus encountered in a script.

Turning your script into a novel isn't hard. It just requires stepping through the process. I can show you the way. I've done it with my own scripts and I can show you how to do it with yours. Easily and methodically. I promise you, when you complete the process, you'll have a complete novel on your hands.

What are you waiting for? Don’t let your script sit on a shelf somewhere collecting dust. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to write it. It was hard work. Increase its marketability by turning it into a novel. Grab my guide from Amazon and let's get started. You’ll enjoy doing it and at the end of the process, you’ll have more than doubled your chances of getting noticed. And, most importantly, you will have changed the way you look at yourself!

Turn Your Screenplay into a Novel and Make Hollywood Come to You!

About the Author

Rick lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and wrote his first novel under the pseudonym Flash Rivers. He can be found on the web at RichardGarrison.com

He's repped by Jackson Starr, of STARRPOWER TALENT (starrpower.com)