ready to read about writing right: "how to write a movie in 21 days"

The truth about me is pretty sad: I’m practically an anti-reader. It’s true for a lot of people I know, they have a hard time picking up a book. I don’t have a hard time picking one up, I just have difficulties opening it. Then, the chances that I do open it, it’s finishing it. That’s why I think it was such a big deal that I finished reading Watchmen. But I can hear critics saying now that that isn’t considered a real book. Well, I beg to differ. It made it on the top 100 novels and it’s the only graphic novel on there. Sure, it’s mostly pictures, but you really can’t figure out what’s going on without reading it.

Anyway, you know you are a sad reader when your friends have to mail you books to read. Peopel can suggest books to you all day, but when it’s hand delivered to you by your local postman, then perhaps it’s time to read the words cover to cover.

Granted, I still haven’t finished Our Uncle Sam by Erik Greene… but I say that’s a wee bit different. I started reading that because our cable went out before I decided to pop in a DVD. Again, I know… I’m a sad reader. I’ve been tryin’ to told ya!

So my friend, whom I dub as my “cinematic soul mate” (and I could write an entire post about, but I’m not going to but will thank her for this book and a birthday card she stuck in it), sent me Viki King’s How to Write a Movie in 21 Days. Hopefully I can read it in at least 7. If I’m not mistaken, I think she wants this book back, so I will get my reading on so I can ship it back to her ASAP whilst I look into buying my own copy. Or buy her a brand new one since I’m too lazy to ship anything myself that can’t fit into a envelope. I have no shame.

By receiving this book, I think it means it’s time for me to head back to the “studio” to start penning a script. February just began. In my dream world, perhaps I’ll wriet a script every month. Hey, I’m a firm believer in making my dreams come true, so if I could write a script every month… Good googamooga! Of course I’d come back to them a month later to tweak and tweak until I see no more need for tweaking until others say so. I haven’t forgotten my mentors Mrs. Rogers and Jaden, plus countless tips I pick up from various trusted sources.

But first, I must read. That’s one piece of advice I haven’t followed that even my idol, Sam Cooke, said to do: read as much as you can. I seriously doubt I can count Wikipedia.

Posted in birthday, books, Friends, sam cooke, scripts, writing
2 comments on “ready to read about writing right: "how to write a movie in 21 days"
  1. ScreenwritingforHollywood says:

    While in college, to succeed, I was compelled to read massive amounts of literature quickly. As a result, I have to say I am eternally grateful and my intelligence and writing improved dramatically. Now I love to read, it is only a matter of finding the time. Gone are the slow days of college and wandering summers. In my youth, reading used to put me to sleep with boredom, now reading is a treasured delight.

  2. Melissa Donovan says:

    Hm. There is probably nothing in the world that will improve your writing as fast and easy as reading will. In fact, if I had to give a writer two words of advice, they would be: Read, write. Keep trying, and when you find the right stories, you won’t be able to put those books down.

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