It seems pretty obvious that the best way to learn, about everything from layout to structure to what works and what doesn’t, is to read as many scripts as you possibly can. So thank God for Drew’s Script-O-Rama http://www.script-o-rama.com/
Complete Screenwriting is in agreement: “Writers read – voraciously.” And this is what I’ve always done, as a wannabe novel writer. I read constantly, to the point that sometimes I wasn’t writing anymore. And every time I read something I loved it would make me want to write a novel just like it – One Day, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, A Long Way Down, The Secret History … to the point that I didn’t know what I wanted to sound like or what my own voice was. The weird thing with reading scripts is that it has the opposite effect. It makes me want to start writing straight away – maybe because it’s the characters’ voices we have to create instead of finding our own. I don’t know. But it’s really exciting! It feels freeing in a way that story writing hasn’t for years.
So I’m reading, as the book says, “as many scripts as you possibly can,” and writing down my thoughts in the pages on the right. I don’t really know what the difference between a ‘page’ and a ‘post’ is at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll work it out. First up, An Education. How apt.