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.
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:
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.