I wrote a screenplay recently. Immediately after completing my first one, I began a second. I’ve always tried to complete a screenplay before, but I was never able to commit. They’re very different than novels.
Screenplays are blank canvases and novels are blank sidewalks. With a screenplay, a writer has to make art fit on a limited amount of space. Dialogue, scene descriptions, and character progression are all limited. You have to build relationships with only three lines in a scene. Less is more.
With novels, there’s a lot more room to play around. Too much. You have free range to help characters grow, but you have to remember that your audience can only see so much at a time. Giving too many details will lose a lot of readers.
After practicing with screenplays, I’ve learned to develop a plot while creating suspense. The second book in the Yellow Diamond Hunter series is almost complete, but I know that my future stories will be a lot more appealing. I hope to continue growing as an author. My next goal is to expand how I use imagery and language.
Side note: I doubt either of my screenplays will be picked up, but I do plan to turn them both into novels at some point. I may just post the first one on the blog (in the distant future). However, the one that I’m writing now has a character that is much darker than Kode. I really want to develop Ezra fully and give him his own series.