‘Cinematic storytelling — the term that’s come to define this particular approach to screenwriting — involves a kind of three-step process (though these steps are often enacted simultaneously):
1) you conceive your story in filmic terms,
2) you see the movie in your head, and
3) you write the story in a language that vividly communicates that movie’s sounds and images.’
I wonder how many writers use this very visual and sensory approach to pre-screening the scenes of the fiction before writing them down?
Romance – certainly.
Suspense – almost certainly. In my case, yes. It is a key part of my work.
Perhaps this is the fundamental appeal of genre fiction as opposed to MOST literary fiction – the reader is invited into a fully realised world.
Part of creating the ‘fictive dream’ is surely to provide a fully engrossing and vicarious experience?
Interesting. I have learnt a lot from screenwriting techniques over the years – and am still learning. Thank goodness.