Nathan Bransford has written a helpful piece for writers. I wanted to pass it on to my readers.
One of my favorite jokes on The Office is when Dwight Schrute boasts, “I know everything about film. I’ve seen over 240 of them.”
It’s funny because it sounds reasonable at first, but then you realize that’s seriously nothing — when you think about how many movies you’ve actually seen, it’s surely thousands, not to mention thousands of hours of scripted TV shows (that’s also when you realize just how much time you actually have on your hands).
When we tell stories, it’s almost impossible to get movies and TV shows out of our heads. So when you sit down to write a scene, it’s exceedingly natural to think of it like a scene in the movies. But it’s also extremely problematic. Books are wholly different beasts than movies. Learn more.