There are plenty of screenwriters and authors out there. Even fewer writers have dual talents, however. If you’re one of them, though. Let's solve the number one question we’re all asking ourselves: Should I write the book or the script first?Are you a writer who is struggling with the decision of whether to write the book or the script first? Look no further! As a writer of both, I’ve asked myself this question multiple times. I’ve also bugged many professional film industry people the same thing. Their responses were all the same firm answer: BOOK FIRST
I strongly recommend writing the book first. This approach allows for a deeper understanding of the characters and their backstories, resulting in a more detailed and comprehensive plot. Once your book is published, you can then easily adapt it into a script, making necessary changes and improvements.
Not only does it allow for better story development it also gives you a leg up by telling producers, “based on a book.” Movies based on books already have advertising through your book sales and fan base, making funding a tiny bit more accomplishable. Actors can relate to the characters and better portray them by also having a book to help guide them.
So, don't hesitate! Start writing your book first and take the first step towards creating a masterpiece story. Publish the book, traditionally or self, and THEN do the script.
Commence the manuscript!