Script writing vs. novel writing

Watching one of my favorite shows – The Big Bang Theory – and started thinking about how often I wish I could write witty reparte like I see in some of my favorite shows.  I wonder what the difference really is between novel writing and television writing?  I’ve done very little script reading or writing but the scripts I’ve read have largely been written for stage and contained little direction beyond the dialogue.  The couple screenplays I’ve read contained a lot more explanation of what is going on visually as well as the dialogue.  Still, scripts rely on the director, the actors and the rest of the crew to truly bring them to life while novels rely on the imagination of the reader.  Other than that, I’m not sure where the major difference lies.

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1 Comment

  1. Deathlynx said,

    May 31, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Well, I think one of the biggest differences is the sheer speed with which you need to pound them out…I wrote what amounts to about a 75 minute script in about two weeks…it seems to come a bit more quickly (so long as you know all of the plot points) since description isn’t as important…however a show would require 22-24 scripts a year, and many of those pounded out in a very short period of time…


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