The Book Is Not A Movie

Sometimes I have this awful pattern when I write.

I work really hard at something, script it according to my super awesome storyline, and then I get super wound up because I don’t feel it is ‘exciting enough.’

It needs to be faster.



AWESOME-ER! (Is that a word? I don’t think so.)

I felt this especially with a book I was working on recently (Dare: Dark Republic) and even now with another (High King)

Then I remembered Harry Potter.

I haven’t read them in ages, but I love the Harry Potter books. I also love the movies, but the books are awesome. The reason they are awesome is they seem more intimate.

It is less about this smack of awesomeness in the face, and more about little things, and bits and pieces, and what may feel like redundant scenes but are actually really cool pretty bits that allow you to feel closer to characters.

This is the very special thing about books, and why – like most things – you shouldn’t rush yourself.

When you are writing a book, don’t feel like every single piece has to be action packed awesomeness.

In saying this, it doesn’t mean you can turn it into a total in-joke-snore-fest, it just means if you need to go deeper, or walk slower through a storyline, let yourself do that.

With movies, the film has around about 2 hours (or five million if it is the Hobbit) to communicate everything.

With books, you have as many pages as you need to make your way through the circumstances of your storyline, pacing yourself well, and working with intensity and climax to make something really awesome that can’t be devoured in a short period of time.

I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like this. Where you literally delete something and start again because you think it’s boring. If you have, this is just a reminder that a book is not a movie.

Don’t be boring, but let it be a book after all.


2 thoughts on “The Book Is Not A Movie

  1. This. This. This. This. This.
    Sometimes when writing you look back and think, “Oh that didn’t seem that interesting”. But that little exchange really helped develop the character soooo much. I’m a writer btw, I’ve got my new blog with quite a few short stories in it, and I’m working on a novel. I’d be eternally grateful if you took the time to maybe check me out. I’ve followed your blog. Thanks I really appreciate it 🙂

    1. Thank you! That actually is so awesome, Will totally check out your stuff 🙂 Absolutely agree, often you can write something that is so minor that it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it adds to the larger picture of what you want to achieve. I find this especially the case in a series, as a lot of the best plot twists in character development come from looping through those small events and bringing them into some other part of the story. Looking forward to checking out your writing!

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