Can I rework my book into a screenplay?

With so many stories going from book to the big screen, I’m often asked: Can I rework my book into a screenplay? There is nothing wrong with wanting to see your story on the big screen. The prospect is very exciting. But there is a huge difference between the technical format and function of a book versus a screenplay. Each format requires a different set of skills and perspectives.

In books, the author uses words alone to paint the picture. In a movie, the sets, character’s physical appearance, costumes, and lighting, for example, are integral parts of the story, but don’t get written into the screenplay.
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