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“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
You must become the expert of your genre. That means you must first decide what genre you are best suited to excel with - and then study it feverishly. You not only need to see every single film in your genre, but you also need to read all of the screenplays you can get your hands on.
Reading is every bit as important as writing. You have to learn from what others have done, how they’ve handled situations, how they’ve formatted things, and what you can do to improve.
“I love to put my writing down and devour books.”
Simply the best way to improve your life as a writer, and as a human being for that matter, is to become a voracious reader and consumer of literature. Become the expert in your given genre, but also expand into the classics and the “must read” screenplays and books available to you (so readily).
Reading is learning. Reading is entertainment. Reading is leisure. Reading, next to writing, is life!