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Top Screenwriting Resources for Beginners

Here are some of our favourite screenwriting resources on the web that you may not know about:


An award-winning, unique resource of film reference material for film buffs and others. Includes reviews of classic American-Hollywood films, Academy Awards history, film posters.


Carson Reeves offers a slew of practical, oft-overlooked advice as he reviews hot new scripts in Hollywood. Every Friday is “Amateur Friday,” where a new writer’s script is thoughtfully reviewed by Carson and the Scriptshadow community.


Need an interesting location for your scene? MapCrunch teleports you to a random place on planet Earth via Google Streetview. Travel the world without leaving your home!


Free writing playlists of all kinds can be found here. Orchestral music? Indie jams? They’ve got it. 8tracks.com is an internet radio and social networking website that streams user-curated playlists consisting of at least 8 tracks. Sign up for free so you can listen to mixes created by other users and create your own mixes.


Doing research? Evernote makes a great writer’s companion. It’s available on just about every platform, so you can collect and organize your notes wherever you are. You can take notes in your paper notebook and scan the pages. Easily clip web pages/photos/audio files/videos/text and save photos. Neatly organize them into notebooks and then sync them so you can access your research from any device! It’s completely free and very easy to use.

Go Into the Story

This blog is an absolute must-visit for every screenwriter out there. From updates on the Spec market to daily dialog clips to insightful interviews, Scott Myers offers a wealth of information that you guys need to take advantage of.

The Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb)

Scripts! Hundreds of thousands of scripts for your reading enjoyment! We don’t think it’s said enough, but if you want to compete in the world of screenwriting, you have to read lots of scripts. Not only is it the best way to get a hang of the formatting, but it also helps you elevate your own writing to a professional level. Shane Black is a notorious reader, so you should be too! Read at least three scripts a month at the very least, and try to read more novels as well. You can’t be a writer without being a reader!