1) Scripting as an art form

- books to movies: treatments, adaptations
- aesthetic decision making process

2) The scripting process

- how many readers in the group?
- select stories that support this many voices
- who are your readers?
- suite the literature to the group
- after selection:
    - make xerox of story!
    - do all markings on copy

3) What type or category of story?

- first person narrative?
    - best done solo?
    - diff. readers represent diff. aspects of "I"
    - many "I's"
    - diff attitudes of "I"
    - reflective / interactive "I"

- third person omniscient
    - look at and separate exposition vs. dialogue

4) problems you might encounter:

  A) amount of narrative much greater than dialogue

- split narration?
- multiple narrators?
- how to split?
    - let the pattern emerge, don't impose.
    - narr for each char. (2 main chrctrs)
    - narr for diff "qualities"
    - action vs. description
    - expos. vs. character
    - digital vs. analogic 

B) amount of narrative greater than dialogue    
(esp. w/ 3 characters)

- third person personal narration
- let reader representing char. read:
    - "internal dialogue"
    - lines of thought
    - lines of emotions
    - lines of sensory perception
    - character descriptions (theirs & other's)
    - descriptions of actions (theirs & other's)
    - settings the character is in
- nothing omniscient

5) FINE TUNING: if it is too long...

- strike superfluous characters
    - create with focus
    - can narr play one or two?
    - can 1 reader play multiple roles?
- edit subplots
    - are they important to main theme?
    - what is the author's intent?
    - what is your intent?
- present an excerpt:
    - ex: chapter of Huck Finn
    - does the excerpt read like a short story?
    - does the excerpt have a shape? (beginning, middle, end)
    - tag on needed char/scene descrptns

6) FINER TUNING: (polishing!)

- edit "stage directions" (perform them)
    - description of vocal qualities
    - descriptions of actions
- edit impossible situations
- edit tags: "he said, she said"
- leave necessary ones
    - character designation
    - in and out of narrative blocks.


- have designations clearly marked
- numbers for readers
- listen for flow
- is there a balance of voices?
- listen for continuity
- esp. where you have edited
- does it still make logical sense?
- does it still have integrity?
- does it have a shape?



- title page
- title and author
- character designations (numbers and abreviations)
- wide left margin
- bold character designation (visual weight)
- consistent character designation
- single spaced blocks, double between
- slight indent to text
- "up next" at bottom
- rest of pages:
    - numbered of how many