Switch up the old routine. Instead of streaming Netflix tonight, read a screenplay. Here’s the thing: it will take the same amount of time as watching a show or movie. You’ll start to build a new skill set and an eye for what it takes to write in this medium. Read screenplays to immerse yourself in the technical aspects of script writing. Plenty of websites host free screenplays online, so it’s as easy as downloading a PDF (from a trusted source). Whether it’s for research or enjoyment, try it tonight.

Read Screenplays for Free

Where to Read TV and movie scripts online:

  1. Good in a Room
  2.  Lee Thompson’s TV Script Archive
  3. Go Into The Story
  4. Simplyscripts
  5. Drew’s Script-o-Rama
  6. AwesomeFilm
  7. Daily Script
  8. The Screenplay Database
  9. Selling Your Screenplay
  10. IMSDB
  11. And here’s Indie Film Hustle’s list of Oscar contenders.

benefits of reading screenplays

Script reading will answer questions you have about formatting, pacing, character development, how to create strong external action, how to break the rules, and the list goes on… It’s a vital part of your screenwriting education.

Watching a movie is one thing, but seeing how it translates to the page will change your perceptions about the whole process.

What script are you going to read first?

Get on it! Seriously. Download one or two now to get started. Choose something in a similar genre or in the same tone as what you’re writing right now.

  • Jen

    Now this sounds like a plan – ScriptClub. Yeah!

  • talli_approved

    And for those in LA, the Writers Guild Foundation Library (first floor of WGA West) has a huge script library. Features and television alike. You have to go there and you can’t take the scripts out and you can’t copy them, but it’s a great resource.

    • Great advice! It’s a solid resource.