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From Letters To The Big Screen

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Over the years, many authors have written amazing books, novels, and even short stories. These pieces of art have been taken by producers, directors and other great people, and have been turned into amazing feature length films winning multiple awards and bringing books to life. There are pros and cons to writing a book as well as creating a movie based on another author's book. The author may be very protective over his or her work and this may make it hard for a director to create a screenplay. You must also think of pleasing all of the fans of the original book. This sets up many obstacles to be overcome. To understand the process you must know what happens between the writing of the ...view middle of the document...

The main antagonist must oppose the protagonist, whether it be one main character or a group of characters. These two main characters must be built by other supporting characters, or a character that is not focused on by the primary storyline. They help build on to the storyline as whole. This applies to even the shortest of stories, such as The Green Eggs and Ham, to the longest of novels, such as the Harry Potter series.
After the author has created their array of characters and you have a general idea about writing your story, you must come up with a plot line, or the course or main features of a narrative such as the plot of a play, novel, or movie. There are many ways to create a plotline. You could use anything from the simple and widely used Plot Diagram, in which you list the key points in which they correspond with major events in the story, for example, the climax of the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, was the scene of the court case. In doing this, the author is able to pinpoint the major story arcs in the story and better tell the story. You could also use a more complex form to better organize their works one popular method is known as the snowflake method. This process involves writing the basic points of the book, such as the beginning, the climax, and the resolution. From there the author may add more details, such as rising action and falling action. Then they may add in minor details to the falling action and the rising action. The author may also apply this method to characters to increase complexity of the antagonist and protagonist. This method can be as simple or complex as the author makes it. Using something as basic as the Plot Diagram or something as complex as the Snowflake diagram.
The obvious step after creating the plot line and the character list is to start the writing portion of the novel. Many authors surprisingly do not start in the middle of their novel. The key is starting wherever the author feels comfortable starting at. This may be the middle or the end, the...

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