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My question is: Can a fiction writer write a movie script easily?

From what I read, few screenwriters could write a good novel. How about novelists? If asked, can they write a TV/movie script easily?

No. They are two separate and distinct writing styles and rules.

One usually cannot cross over to the other without knowledge and experience.

Even Stephen King does not script write his movies, he has professional movie script writers convert his novel into movie format.

You must know the "language" and "rules" involved; such as setting up the scene before any dialog, and to pan out (camera) and sound effects, etc.  

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I am a published writer, Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing, specializing in novel writing, and creative writing. I can answer most any question concerning writing a book, plot and characterization, tighten the prose, and the editing process, and help advise with publishing and the requirements of obtaining a literary agent.


I'm a published writer, freelancer, and Chief Editor and own A1 Editorial Service. I teach writing for my two Online writer workshops.

Sisters In Crime Internet Chapter, The Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Brazos Writers Group.

Writers Post Journal magazine, May 2006 issue, Augusr 2006 issue, Nov/December 2006 issue and soon in 2008, On A Whim, flash fiction anthology, offered in Barnes & Nobles and Amazon.

Some college, creative writing, fiction writing

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