After finishing rewrites on a script I started in on my novel structure. As I was almost asleep the other night a character from a novel said something and I had a brief dialogue to write down. You do keep a notebook by your bed, right?
The next morning as I was integrating the brief dialogue into the story as an end of chapter tease I was struck by the difference in my process between writing fiction and writing a screenplay.
For the screenplay, I write out the scene sequence according to the structure. I know what I want to accomplish in each scene. As I begin to write I really don’t know what the characters are going to say; one character speaks and then everything follows to the end of the scene.
For fiction, snippets of dialogue come to me. I can build an entire scene around a piece of dialogue.
I do not understand what the difference is but it is noticeable.
How do you write? Do the characters speak and then you write a scene around the dialogue? Or do you know the scene and fit the dialogue to what happens in the scene? Is it a mixture?
I’m curious? Anyone else notice a difference?
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