What is a script? A script is a written document that tells a story through the use of visual, aural, and spoken elements all of which are portrayed by a cast of actors.
Unlike most types of writing that involve only the writer, the editor, and the reader, scriptwriting includes a whole group of people, including a director, an editor, a cast, and a production crew. All of these people will be involved in interpreting your story according to the rules of filmmaking or stage production. This “crew” may ask for your input as the writer, or they may not. In fact, other writers may be brought in to dissect your work and even – banish the thought! – to rewrite it.
In scriptwriting, the concept of show and tell is far more critical than in novel writing because film is a visual medium. Your audience does not read your story; your audience “sees” it. So writing scripts requires you as the writer to learn to write visually.
Many novelists – myself included – write visually. When I write my stories, it is as though I am viewing them on the screen of my mind. I see my characters acting, and then I record what I see.
If you’ve never tried your hand at scriptwriting, I encourage you to do so. You may discover a new writing love.