Movies are great. They have to be THE creative medium of our time. They allow for music, cinematography and story to be combined in tremendously powerful ways. The director can engage with, and emotionally move an audience more than any other medium. The film is the best narrative delivery mechanism around.
They do have tremendous weaknesses. Making a film is a very collaborative process. Therefore, it cannot ever be the work of a single mind or vision. Even those few fortunate enough to be writer and director are relying on hundreds of people to do their bit, and if the actors aren’t up to the job the story will still fail. And then there’s the problem of needing a few million quid to even get started. Producing a film is fantastically over complicated, and this makes it a challenge to create a coherent product.
On the other hand, writing a novel is very different. It’s just you and the blank page. Very very simple. It is, at the end of the day, just typing – writing one sentence and then another.
This makes it a truly terrifying way of working, but also a very free and exiting one. There are no safety nets. When it all goes horribly wrong you only have yourself to blame. But the flip side is you get to write the scenes, choose the camera angles, make the actors do a good job, and it costs you nothing more than a laptop. If you want to change it you haven’t got to spend thousands of pounds shipping all your kit and personnel back out to site. You just hit delete and type in a new bit. Easy.
Writing a novel is complete and total creative freedom. A wonderfully powerful thing.