What makes a great writer? Reading!!
I think it's important to do all kinds of reading, fiction, non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, newspapers (are there any left) and even blogs, but for us screenwriters I think it's most important to read other screenplays.
- How scenes are mapped on the page.
- How characters are introduced.
- How action is written.
As you read through a screenplay keep note of:
- Pacing. Does it make you want to turn the page?
- Setting. Is the writer giving you a sense of time and place?
- Tone. Do the comedies read funny? Do thrillers feel suspenseful? Do dramas feel dramaful?(OK that's not a word, but I was on a roll.)
So to that end I've come across a list of screenplays of movies for 2014.
If you've seen the movie - how does reading it compare to what you saw?
If you haven't seen the movie - see it, how does the movie compare to what you read?
Then I would suggest writing a paragraph or two about your observations. Because writers write right??
What's your favorite movie? Have you read the screenplay?
Share it with me - firstname.lastname@example.org
Write On, Write On!