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. Screenplays For You
  7. Daily Script
  8. The Screenplay Database
  9. The Script Lab
  10. Movie Scripts and Screenplays

The 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.

Extra Incentive:

Want to join a book club for screenwriters? ScriptCLUB, brought to you by ScriptBlast, chooses one screenplay a month to read and discuss. You can do it from anywhere, it’s FREE, and it’s a great way to start reading scripts!

What script are you going to read first?

  • 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.