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How to adapt a short story, a news article, a novel into a play
What are the bolts of writing a play from an inspired piece
Adapting a novel or an event from real-life usually involves condensing, compressing and amalgamating of events, characters and facts.
The truth is that a genuine adaption is the result of meticulous detailed work. Many many long nights spent interrogating the original and questioning every choice. Every character, every scene, every word has to fight for its place. As Stephen Cleary puts it,
“The process of writing an adaptation is a journey away from the original towards a unique reinterpretation of it. The writer needs to make the story their own and that must and should involve movement away from many of the choices the original writer made.”
In other words, source material is the starting point. But the very point of adaptation is to end up someplace new. The job almost certainly involves more steps in the wrong direction than the right.
Resource Person: Dr. Omkar Bhatkar.