OR THREE WAYS TO CREATE A MOVIE
1.) Start writing and allow the story to create itself.
In movies, shoot the world and find a theme. European directors like Fellini, Godard, and the Neorealists did this.
2.) Outline your story or novel step-by-step, setting up everything in advance. Know where you’re going and where you’ll end.
In movies, this is the storyboard technique used by Alfred Hitchcock and George Lucas. No surprises.
3.) Write a ton of material (or shoot a ton of footage) around a chosen subject—then eliminate, rearrange, edit, to discover what works best.
Film directors George Stevens and Orson Welles, among others, worked like this.
With my own recent writing I’ve tried all three ways.
In ebook novellas CRIME CITY USA and THE MCSWEENEYS GANG I used way #1.
With THE TOWER, I designed and plotted the entire novel in advance. The ending was the first part I wrote. Way #2.
With my new work, my “prototype,” ASSASSINATION OF X, I used Way #3. I wrote more than 20,000 words on the event the tale is about. I knocked this down to 15,000 words to patch together a narrative. My first version. Then I eliminated more of it.
I find it’s the hardest way to write. To complicate matters I used a few new tricks-- “literary montage”—learning to use new tools; discovering the excitement of mastering a more difficult skill.
I hope the result is worth the effort.
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