Most fiction authors have a dream of seeing their stories on the big screen – but it doesn’t have to be a dream.
There are lots of things you can do to ensure your story has a chance of success in film/TV. In this interview, Lucy V. Hay gives us some tips.
In the intro I talk about the IndieRecon videos that you might enjoy, including my session on how to make a living with your writing; David Gaughran’s post on Author Solutions; my mega-rebranding, re-titling and re-covering exercise with my first 3 novels and my JFPenn.com site; and a recommendation for The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne.
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Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor, screenwriter, and blogger at Bang2write.com. She’s one of the organizers of London Screenwriters’ Festival, and she has books on writing thriller screenplays and drama screenplays.
- What are the big differences between writing a novel and writing a screenplay?
- What are your options for exploiting your rights around film and TV?
- Producers are always looking for great stories – how do you get their attention?
- Tips on pitching – try to think of it in terms of concept, not all the details of the story
- The difference between a logline and a tagline – and how to construct yours
- What is a treatment? Why you need to think about sales and the audience who will buy the story for adaptation
- The reality of options and the chances of getting a screenplay actually made
- Should a novelist do their own adaptation?
- Why genre is so important in screenwriting
- Having fun and writing for entertainment. We don’t have to be so serious all the time!
- Why you should watch all the movies in your genre and steep yourself in them