It helps to pose the through-line as a question. And as mentioned previously, voiceovers are rarely the best solution.
Use the brilliant background and characters created by the original author as a platform from which to launch a screen story.
Successfully adapting a "no-story-there" novel to screenplay form is a daunting task. Such is never the case in screenwriting. It took the author of your source material pages to tell the story. Develop your outline, treatment or "beat sheet" accordingly. Well maybe not an expert, but hopefully you have a better understanding of how to approach the subject than you did ten minutes ago.
After all, your goal is to excerpt the most memorable parts of the novel, and what you remember best certainly meets that criterion. Similarly, some novels, even successful ones, are very shy on story and rely for the most part on style and character to create an effect.
Either adapt an existing character from the novel or create a new one.
Some prose writers are so good at what they do, that their artful command of the language alone is enough to maintain reader interest. In most cases, everything off the through-line or not essential to the major sub-plot has to go. One approach is to move away from direct adaptation toward, "story based upon".
Determine the through-line and major sub-plot of the story and viciously cut everything else. Figuring one page of a screenplay equals one minute of film, a page screenplay translates into a two-hour motion picture. All we would SEE is Mike sitting there, "long-thinking". How the devil am I going to convert this page novel to a page screenplay?
Yet she caused such a stirring in his loins, he could think of nothing else. Of course as always, you should avoid overly obvious exposition by cloaking such dialogue in conflict, or through some other technique.
Suddenly, panic sets in. The temptation to adapt such, using tons of voiceovers, should be resisted. That is not very exciting to say the least. Quite often, lead characters in novels suffer from this disease. He feared someday he would give in to this temptation named Judith, and his surrender would surely bring about the end of his marriage!
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If it is not already clear from the context that the character is singing, it’s helpful to include the parenthetical “(singing)” the first time it comes up, as foreign dialogue and other special-circumstance dialogue is.
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