Using Scripts for Book Writing

By Kristen
Updated November 24, 2007

If you're having a difficult time sitting down and writing a book, try writing a script instead.

A script is like an outline for a novel. In the theater world, the director, actors, and set crew get to figure out what the audience sees and hears. It's not always exactly what's written in the script. In novel writing, the writer must do it all.

If you're having a hard time being a god, create a script using the most basic of descriptions. Int. a teenage girl's bedroom will set the scene rather than a detailed description of the room. Afternoon will remind you when the scene happens rather than writing a paragraph that explains how the girl transitioned from school to bedroom and what time it was. Then you can focus on the action and dialogue.

Once you are satisfied with the story, fill in the blanks. Describe that teenage girl's bedroom. Tell the reader how the girl got home from school and how long it took. Gradually, you will build up your story from a bare-bones script to a fully fleshed book.