Re-Reading Your Screenwriting Books

November 29, 2010 at 9:45 am

Re-Reading Your Screenwriting Books

One of my favorite books on screenwriting is How Not to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make.

I’ve read it at least once or twice a year since the day I unwrapped it for Christmas long ago.

Click here for my review.

Since I finished my last feature screenplay, I’ve been working a ton on my new script.  I love the early development stage.  Working with a clean slate and having the freedom to try different things is incredibly inspiring.

It’s also a chance to get ahead on my research and really get to know the characters I’m creating and the world in which they live.

The other day, I was in my office writing some notes and about to head to work when I glanced at my book shelf.

It’s absolutely full of screenwriting books.  One in particular jumped out at me:

Real Screenwriting: Strategies and Stories from the Trenches

It’s one of the few books I’ve only read once and I decided it was time to go back and read about the craft I love.  Every day I read 10 pages or so on my way to work (it’s a short commute) and I’m now addicted to screenwriting books again.

I’ve since decided to go back and read a few more.  It’s a great way for an aspiring screenwriter to stay sharp especially when a story is still young and fragile.

What are your favorite screenwriting books?

Click here to check out my top 10 books on screenwriting.