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77. Read a Screenplay

77. Read a Screenplay

“A screenplay is not a finished product; a novel is. A screenplay is a blueprint for something – for a building that will most likely never be built.” –Nicholas Meyer

Our final stop in the “get out there and read” cycle will be screenplays. Screenplays distinguish themselves in a number of ways, one of them is that they are strongly character driven. To really appreciate the difference between a screenplay and the movie or play it eventually becomes, it’s important to sit down with one and take some time to deconstruct it. See how the dialogue is structured and how the writer manages to use hooks and create tension given the format’s constraints.

Trying to decide on a screenplay, here are a few dozen to try out.

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