May 11, 2016 at 5:28PM

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Screenwriting ≠ Playwriting ?

I'm not used to playwriting and I'm currently writing one for a local theater. I know screenwriting and playwriting are somewhat similar, but what are the biggest differences and similarities between them and do I gain some screenwriting skills while writing a play ? Is dialog different, less visual writing...?

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A playwriting is, basically, only the lines the actors a saying in the play (with some directions here and there, but not too much).
A screenwriting is all the dialoque but also what, where, who, how, why something happens. So you can visualize it better.
The playwriting gives you more freedom of creating a specific play out of it. The screenwriting does not.

May 13, 2016 at 8:05AM, Edited May 13, 8:05AM

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