After nearly five years of not really writing anything I’ve spent the last few months trying to get back into the mindset for writing. To do this I’ve been reading a lot of different screenwriting books, lot of the time these function in the same way a self-help book does in that the books encourage you to write and make you feel better about yourself-they’re good for your self-esteem. For me it’s a good way of keeping my mind focused on writing as well as challenging me to come up specific scenes and dynamics for a story.
They can get very addictive and you have to be careful that it doesn’t turn into a form of procrastination. It’s easy to think that by reading about screenwriting you’re helping your script and in many ways you are, but if I’m brutally honest with myself, I know that the only way to really help my script is to actually take active steps in devising and outlining the story-preparation is really important but ultimately you have to begin the daunting task of actually writing the thing.
Here are some of the books I’ve been reading recently: