Comparing Novel Writing To Screenwriting – Tony DuShane

Tony DuShane, Writer/Podcaster/Teacher: There’s so much you can do to a novel that can’t be done on screen.

Film Courage: What’s more difficult writing a novel or writing a screenplay? 

Tony: Good question. They’re both very difficult for me. I always write out scenes so I don’t go straight to the screenplay. I can write the whole scene and then I convert it to the screenplay. I’m kind of always adapting prose to a script which is probably the worst way to write a script but it’s kind of the way I approach it. For me the novel is always the most important to me. If someone said You’ve got to make a choice right now, are you writing novels for the rest of your life? Are you writing screenplays for the rest of your life? Immediately novels, that’s it, I’m good. But I love film and I love the art of screenwriting. They both have their challenges. They’re both beautiful in their own ways. The beauty of the novel is if you screw up a novel, you screwed up the novel and your name is on that. If you…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


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Tony DuShane is the author and award-winning screenwriter of Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk. The book was published by Soft Skull Press and the feature film, directed by Eric Stoltz, was released in 2018 and is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. His journalism and essays has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, Penthouse, The Rumpus, The Believer, and other media outlets. He teaches writing at UCLA Extension and his journalism has appeared in Mother Jones, The Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. He hosts the literary podcast Drinks with Tony every Wednesday. 



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