I have this teacher who occasionally tells me, “I’m glad you’re thinking that way…” When I hear that, I know he’s saying I’m tuned in to the industry. To what’s hip and what’s happening.
Just a few moments ago, I read the Page Awards eZine in which there is an article by John Truby. He much more articulately stated exactly what I said, in my blog about why I’d rather write for TV. The best stories to come from the entertainment business today are in TV drama. I couldn’t believe I chose the same topic as John Truby for my blog. Way to go, Karen. I’m glad to see me thinking that way!
I love to read those screenwriting newsletters, and blogs and books. Anything I can get my hands on, really. At the moment I am reading Hollywood Drive: What it Takes to Break in, Hang in & Make it in the Entertainment Industry, by Eve Light Honthaner. I rented it from Amazon.com and am reading it on my Android phone. It is chock-full of great job-hunting tips and survival techniques.
Another book I love is The TV Writer’s Workbook by Ellen Sandler. It includes great charts that are extremely helpful in breaking down scripts of existing shows so you can write a spec that reads like the real thing. It also contains the story of her start in the business. I can’t get enough of those Hollywood success stories.
But my favorite book on writing has to be Stephen King’s On Writing. I’ve read it at least three times and each time I do, it gives me a jump start in the dedication department. Hey, whatever it takes to keep me thinking that way.