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Best Screenplay Writing Books to Read

Our list of some of the best Screenplay Writing books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need (2005)

Best Screenplay Writing Books to ReadHere’s what started the phenomenon: the best seller, for over 15 years, that’s been used by screenwriters around the world! Blake Snyder tells all in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business. “Save the Cat” is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying, including: The four elements of every winning logline The seven immutable laws of screenplay physics The 10 genres that every movie ever made can be categorized by ― and why they’re important to your script Why your Hero must serve your Idea…
Author(s): Blake Snyder

2. The Screenwriter’s Bible, 6th Edition: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script (Expanded & Updated) (2014)

Best Screenplay Writing Books to ReadThe 20th anniversary edition of one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 200,000 copies in its twenty-year life. Always up-to-date and reliable, it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover five books in one!A Screenwriting Primer that provides a concise course in screenwriting basics;A Screenwriting Workbook that walks you through the complete writing process, from nascent ideas through final revisions;A Formatting Guide that thoroughly covers today s…
Author(s): David Trottier

3. Writing Screenplays That Sell, New Twentieth Anniversary Edition: The Complete Guide to Turning Story Concepts into Movie and Television Deals (2011)

Best Screenplay Writing Books to ReadFor more than twenty years, Writing Screenplays That Sell has been hailed as the most complete guide available on the art, craft, and business of writing for movies and television. Now fully revised and updated to reflect the latest trends and scripts, Hollywood story expert and script consultant Michael Hauge walks readers through every step of writing and selling successful screenplays. If you read only one book on the screenwriter’s craft, this must be the one….
Author(s): Michael Hauge

4. Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (2005)

Best Screenplay Writing Books to ReadHollywood’s script guru teaches you how to write a screenplay in “the ‘bible’ of screenwriting” (The New York Times)—now celebrating forty years of screenwriting success!Syd Field’s books on the essential structure of emotionally satisfying screenplays have ignited lucrative careers in film and television since 1979. In this revised edition of his premiere guide, the underpinnings of successful onscreen narratives are revealed in clear and encouraging language that will remain wise and practical as long as audiences watch stories unfold visually—from hand-held devices to IMAX to virtual reality . . . and whatever comes…
Author(s): Syd Field

5. The 90-Day Screenplay: from concept to polish (2014)

Best Screenplay Writing Books to ReadThe 90-Day Screenplay was workshopped at L.A. Writers’ Lab over the course of ten years and has helped hundreds of screenwriters complete their work. Many graduates of the Lab have gone on to illustrious careers as screenwriters and producers in TV and film. The 90-Day Screenplay method of structuring your story is organic, involving a rigorous inquiry into the dilemma besetting your characters. This inside-out approach avoids the distractions that frequently occur when one’s focus is placed squarely on plot. Screenwriting is often taught by Hollywood story analysts who confuse story…
Author(s): Alan Watt

6. Screenplay Format Made (Stupidly) Easy (Screenwriting Made (Stupidly) Easy) (2018)

Best Screenplay Writing Books to Read“Loved every bit of it. An absolute essential tool for a screenwriter, professional or beginner. This man is a script genius!” –Alex Sorrels – Assistant Director, Worth Fighting ForWant to learn screenplay format? (Without spending years reading horrible zombie scripts?)Want to ensure your screenplay formatting doesn’t look amateurish and terribly out-of-date like an action-movie script from 1986?Do phone calls, montages and flashbacks leave you pulling your “script format” hair out?Fear not, screenwriter!”I found this VERY helpful indeed in…
Author(s): Michael Rogan

7. Writing the Screenplay: TV and Film, 2/E (2002)

Best Screenplay Writing Books to ReadA well-written screenplay is the single most important ingredient in making a successful motion picture or television show. Alan Armer mixes time-honored theory with down-to-earth practical advice, giving beginning and advanced students the benefits of his experiences in both the entertainment industry and the college classroom. He balances professional screenwriting methods with techniques that explain and clarify those methods for students. What truly makes this text vital is his knack for tapping the creative spirit of aspiring screenwriters to become competent writers who can deliver fresh…
Author(s): Alan A. Armer

8. Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too! (2012)

Best Screenplay Writing Books to ReadThis is the only screenwriting guide by two guys who have actually done it (instead of some schmuck who just gives lectures about screenwriting at the airport Marriott); “These guys are proof that with no training and little education, ANYONE can make it as a screenwriter” (Paul Rudd).Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon’s movies have made over a billion dollars at the box office—and now they show you how to do it yourself! This book is full of secret insider information about how to conquer the Hollywood studio system: how to write, pitch, structure, and get drunk with the best of them….
Author(s): Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant

9. The Screenwriter’s Workbook: Exercises and Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating a Successful Screenplay, Newly Revised and Updated (2006)

Best Screenplay Writing Books to ReadSyd Field's timeless manual on visual storytelling is your own, hands-on master-class with the man The Hollywood Reporter called "the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world." Field was the very first person to dissect thousands of films and scripts to find the essential narrative structure and shared functional elements underlying screewriting success. Chock full of easy-to-follow exercises and step-by-step instructions honed by Field in packed seminars across the globe, The Screenwriter's Worksbook guides you through the common processes utilized by beginners and working professionals alike when…
Author(s): Syd Field

10. Screenplay: Writing the Picture, 2nd Edition (2012)

Best Screenplay Writing Books to ReadScreenplay is a complete screenwriting coursefrom initial idea through final script saleproviding in-depth discussions of theme development; story research; script plotting and structuring; character development; dialogue; writing and rewriting methods; formatting; the ins and outs of marketing and pitching scripts; writing for TV, the Web and video games, and much more. Well-written, comprehensive and filled with both innovative and tried-and-true writing techniques, illustrative screenplay examples and sage advice from veteran writers, Screenplay will help…
Author(s): Robin U. Russin, William Missouri Downs

11. Screenwriting For Dummies (2008)

Best Screenplay Writing Books to ReadSo you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to the studios. You get savvy industry tips and strategies for getting your screenplay noticed!…
Author(s): Laura Schellhardt, John Logan

How to Write a Screenplay: A Guide to Screenwriting It’s easy to feel intimidated by the thought of writing a screenplay. The rules! The formatting! The binding! Don’t let the seemingly endless parade of screenwriting elements scare you away from writing your first script. Since a familiarity with the basics of the craft is half the battle, The We’ve been writing about screenwriting for nearly a decade, and we’ve interviewed all the top experts – from book authors to award-winning screenwriters. Here’s our roundup of the best screenwriting books. Understanding how to write a great screenplay takes time and practice. One of the best best script writing books 2. Screenplay. This is the book your screenwriting heroes probably read when it came out. It was first published in 1979 by Syd Field and has accolades from multiple generations of writers. Top Ten Screenwriting Books You Need to Read 1) Screenplay by Syd Field The first book I ever read about screenwriting. Field is the forefather of the how-to for screenwriting. He cracked the code of the three-act structure Why is it one of the best screenwriting books to read this year? While other screenwriting books often include a chapter or section on theme, this one devotes a whole book to it. As theme is such an important (yet overlooked) element of writing a successful screenplay, this is definitely worth purchasing. Best Scriptwriting Books #8.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some screenplay writing books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Writing & Selling Romantic Comedy Screenplays

Author(s): Craig Batty, Helen Jacey
Publisher: Oldcastle Books, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1323250

Story Stakes: Your #1 Writing Skills Strategy to Transform Readers into Raving Fans & Keep Them Turning the Pages of Your Screenplay or Novel

Author(s): H.R. D'Costa
Publisher: , Year: 2014, Size: 323 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 1380051

Screenwriting for Neurotics: A Beginner’s Guide to Writing a Feature-Length Screenplay from Start to Finish

Author(s): Scott Winfield Sublett
Publisher: University Of Iowa Press, Year: 2014, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1538183

Screenplay: Writing the Picture

Author(s): Robin U. Russin, William Missouri Downs
Publisher: Silman-James Press, Year: 2012, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2101787

The 21st Century Screenplay: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing Tomorrow's Films

Author(s): Linda Aronson
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, Year: 2010, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1113479

The Everything Creative Writing Book: All you need to know to write novels, plays, short stories, screenplays, poems, articles, or blogs

Author(s): Wendy Burt-thomas
Publisher: Adams Media, Year: 2010, Size: 737 Kb, Download: mobi
ID: 1119351

Writing Movies: The Practical Guide to Creating Stellar Screenplays

Author(s): Gotham Writers Workshop
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA, Year: 2008, Size: 594 Kb, Download: azw3
ID: 2289226

Writing a Screenplay

Author(s): John Costello
Publisher: Pocket Essentials, Year: 2006, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 383688

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to USA Today, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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