Most writing, whether that be for screen, for stage or in novel form, shares things in common. The differences between the different modes of storytelling can be subtle, or they can be significant. When it comes to writing for screen, the difference is not just worth noting, it’s vitally important. You can very easily come under fire for not adhering to the norms of a screenplay, in a way that you are unlikely to have happen with a novel, for example. Novels can be quite abstract, and there’s a lot to be said for pushing the boundaries of it as a medium. Screenwriting is more prescriptive, and you run into a lot of issues that don’t occur as much with stage plays, so let’s look at some of those.