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    Book or script?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Feral Inferno, Aug 31, 2014.

    So, to start this off: I have plans of expanding my current book into a TV series. In fact, I've already thought of at least two dozen episodes. I know, big plans.

    So, I'm writing the book in two parts as the premiere. That's sort of what I'm concerned about: that it might not work or turn out ok, considering that there will be some small plot holes that wouldn't be filled in til later. And, I don't plan on writing a sequel. I know that there have been books that started TV series, but I don't know if any of them were made to intentionally do that.

    I know, execution, but what I'm asking you is: Since this book is going to be the premiere, then might I be better off just writing a script?

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    I'll be posting my first chapter (roughly 4,000 words) in the novels section for feedback when I can. Still have to give some constructive criticism first.

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    I seem to have a habit of being vague when asking questions, so if you need me to clarify something just ask.
     
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    Dont post any part of your novel online if you want to publish it at some point.

    Selling a screen play is much harder than finding an audience for a book. I know someone who is a relatively successful script writer who has never had any of her own ideas published, though she has found them useful for getting interest in her ability as a writer to get a commission to write something else.

    Personally I would start off with the book and hope something develops from there. At least you can Amazon it, no one is going to download a script even for $0.25.
     
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    Like @Nightstar99 said, selling a script is a lot harder than selling a novel. With that in mind, I recommend going the book route.

    Also, it's fine to post small excepts (IMO 4k words is a bit much); this shouldn't affect publication.
     
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    I am in completely the same boat as you. I have had an idea for the last eighteen months or so and it's planned out, I've just not got round to writing anything because I don't know whether to write it as a book or a script. I have loads of storyline ideas too! What I plan to do is write it as a book and each 'phase' can be an episode. Later on, I can rewrite it as a script if I want to. :)
     
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    Write the pilot episode and shop it around. If that goes nowhere, write it as a book.
     
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    Sorry I couldn't reply earlier: my internet was down. It was 24 hours of hell.

    Thanks for responding. I've decided to write the book and read up on how to write a script for later, and I'll probably just post a 500-1,000 word excerpt.

    I was actually a little nervous posting this question 'cause I thought my plans were a little too big. But, I guess, if I have a dream, I should go for it. Thank you.
     

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