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Writing for the Screen: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt

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I tend to focus on writing fiction here, so I thought it would be good to change things up. This week, I’m looking at a form of writing with its own unique challenges and opportunities: Screen-writing.

I will always tout the lessons a novel-writer can learn from movies. However, while there’s obvious crossover between writing prose and writing for screen, it would be wrong to assume screenwriting is an easy transition from prose. Writing scripts and screenplays is its own skill, and whether you’re coming to it from writing novels or you’ve been a dedicated screenwriter from the start, there are some important lessons to learn:

1: How to Write a Screenplay, the 5-Step Process – We’re starting at The Write Practice this this 5-step list. Note how the screenwriting process differs from novel-writing right from the get-go.

2: Script Writing Example & Screenwriting Tips – Our next article gets into the meat of the process, and illustrates how your screenplay should be formatted and put together.

3: How to Write a Screenplay You Can Sell – The budget required for producing a film or tv series is far beyond what most of us will have access to, so if you want to see your story on screen, you need to consider how best to make it appealing to a producer.

4: Write for Stage and Screen – Of course, I couldn’t address this topic without reminding you of the wealth of resources we have available at Writing.ie. There is an entire section here compiling every article we’ve published on this.

That’s all for this week. Good luck!

(c) Paul Anthony Shortt


Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten. Paul's work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2. Website: http://www.paulanthonyshortt.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pashortt Twitter: @PAShortt Paul has a Patreon where you can help support his work, here: https://www.patreon.com/paulanthonyshortt