Lucy V. Hay

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Lucy V. Hay script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for The London Screenwriters' Festival. Lucy is also an author, writing both screenwriting books and crime fiction. Check out her website.

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Lucy V. Hay Hi Mark! Definitely. As far as I am concerned, screenwriters converting a screenplay to a novel have the jump on writers attempting a work for the…moreHi Mark! Definitely. As far as I am concerned, screenwriters converting a screenplay to a novel have the jump on writers attempting a work for the first time because scripts are so craft-led. This means you will have already done the 'foundation work' on your story. In terms of converting yours, take a look at your concept, characters and structure first - what are the opportunities here to draw from that already exist, for your novel? Which bits won't 'translate' across the mediums? What bits will you have to add/take away? What existing books is yours LIKE? etc.

A note of caution - it is important to realise that a novel is probably in the region of three times as long as your script (if it's a feature; more if it's a TV pilot), so you DON'T want to add loads of filler to pad it out!!! Here are some articles I have run on B2W that covers this subject:

5 Things I Learned Converting My Screenplay Into A Novel http://www.bang2write.com/2017/05/5-t...

5 Rules for Novelising Screenplays http://www.bang2write.com/2015/09/5-r...

All About Word Counts in Novels: https://youtu.be/Ns4tjCuimbQ

What's The Differences Between Writing Novels & Writing Screenplays?https://youtu.be/FDtsgXa4ZOo

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Lucy V. Hay A GREAT question. Well, if a book (or screenplay!) has a deadline it HAS to be finished by a certain time, plus the people waiting on it - editors,…moreA GREAT question. Well, if a book (or screenplay!) has a deadline it HAS to be finished by a certain time, plus the people waiting on it - editors, publishers, producers - will also TELL you when it's done (or not). If it is a speculative work, this frame is much more 'elastic' and can even lead to writers rewriting stuff FOREVER, which is something I definitely do not recommend. So I think a six month to a year is a good time frame, as long as you are working consistently on it (longer if not), plus you have covered the three fundamentals in depth: concept (aka premise), structure and characterisation. (less)
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