We go to movies to be entertained and feel emotion. Movies fall into genres: spy, thrillers, humor, love, YA, and futuristic. You want to see an identifiable characters. You want to live outside your life, if only for a couple of hours.
Your writing should reflect the same components. You want your reader to be entertained, cry, laugh and keep turning the pages until the end.
In movies, you see the characters as they move through scenes. You see their facial expressions, sense their delight or dismay. You just know what will happen next; or do you?
Your book characters must come alive on the pages for your reader. Your descriptions should be unique and sometimes unbelievable, as in real life.
In movies, the sights, sounds and scenery immerse us in the whole setting. We see the thunderstorm, feel the hot summer day and shudder as dark clouds cover a full moon. All of these visuals draw us deeper into the story.
In your book, do your words or characters’ thoughts haunt your readers? Have you painted word pictures, ones that have your readers sweating on a summer day or cringing as dark clouds cover the moon?
How does or where does the movie commence? How does your book start? Both need to draw the audience or reader in FAST. As with any story, there is a line:
Beginning Middle (ARC and turning point) Ending
In movies, these move fast. Remember you have two hours. In books, the writer has more leniency, due to the number the number of pages. However, movies and books mimic the same format.
Here’s a fun project for you to try – AT HOME. Rent a DVD movie, check one out from your library or go through your own collection. Get a notebook and your pen ready to make comments. NOW, watch the movies as a book. You can stop and start at any time and make notes to yourself. Find the movie’s ARC (the turning point) and watch what happens after this point. You are reviewing this movie as a book. Repeat, if necessary, as you are in a study mode. Then eject. Think for a while and see what new techniques or expressions will make your book sparkle.
Please let me know what you think. Work-time can be play-time and you get your work inspired.
Think of this: “Chicken or the egg?” “Book or the movie?” Enjoy