Going from script to novel has its challenges.
I’ve only done it once, but I think that one of the biggest lessons was cutting loose of the stylistic brevity and cinematic shorthand that screenplays demand, and embracing the lengthy narrative again.
I was originally a prose fiction writer, before screenplays obsessed me for a decade. I had unlearned a lot of the Literary prose stylistics, since screenplays largely have no use for such things. I’d honed my flowery descriptive passages to spare bullet points of visual outline for nearly ten years.
Rediscovering my Literary voice, and letting go of the screenplay mantra of “less is more”, was tough for me.
Thankfully, I had some great feedback from my readers that helped me find my way.
I’ve written before on how to handle feedback on your screenplay… the process for novelizing a screenplay wasn’t much different.
Seek opinions you respect. Listen to everything. But only adopt what you’re certain is right for the story you want to tell.
Here’s the story behind what turned a simple cutaway scene in the screenplay’s third act into what is possibly my favorite *new* scene in the novel — actually, it turned into a full chapter — and why I think it works.