Writing for the Medium. How to write for Comic books.

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Writing for the Medium

Entertainment is a major focus in our society. Nothing can interest us more than watching a good movie, television show, or a great comic book. Many people have interests outside of these mediums, but you would have to go pretty far to find someone who has not seen a fictional work in the visual form.

At one time I thought that television shows and movies worked straight from books in novel form, I was wrong. They could start out in novel form, but they end up in screenplay form. When I thought of screenplays, I always thought of actual plays that are performed on stage. But if you wish to write for movies, television, and comic books you must also think and write in the form of screenplays.

Screenplays are very much different than novel writing. In a typical novel you can have up to 400 pages in which to read.

In a screenplay the text is very compact and you can read as little as 100 pages. The main idea behind screenplays is to combine dialogue and images. This can also be done in a novel format but in a screenplay the two are separated distinctly.

When discovering the format of the screenplay I found myself thinking that it would be possible to write many ideas I have in a short amount of time. In a novel I would concentrate on too many details. When I read a novel I wish it to move along in a fast pace. And sometimes the novel goes off in too many directions and it is hard to stay focused. If it was not for a class assigning a certain book to read I probably would not even bother picking it up unless the subject of the...