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Best Script Writing Books Worth Your Attention

Our list of some of the best Script 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 Script Writing Books Worth Your AttentionHere’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. Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (2005)

 Best Script Writing Books Worth Your AttentionHollywood’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 next. As…
Author(s): Syd Field

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

 Best Script Writing Books Worth Your AttentionThe 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…
Author(s): David Trottier

4. The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style (Hollywood Standard: The Complete & Authoritative Guide to) (2009)

 Best Script Writing Books Worth Your AttentionThe Hollywood Standard describes in clear, vivid prose and hundreds of examples how to format every element of a screenplay or television script. A reference for everyone who writes for the screen, from the novice to the veteran, this is the dictionary of script format, with instructions for formatting everything from the simplest master scene heading to the most complex and challenging musical underwater dream sequence. This new edition includes a quick start guide, plus new chapters on avoiding a dozen deadly formatting mistakes, clarifying the difference between a spec…
Author(s): Christopher Riley

5. The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting (2016)

 Best Script Writing Books Worth Your Attention"The Nutshell Technique cracks the code behind why we love the movies that we love. It guides you to organically write the story you want to tell." Veteran script consultant Jill Chamberlain discovered in her work that an astounding 99 percent of first-time screenwriters don't know how to tell a story. What the 99 percent do instead is present a situation. In order to explain the difference, Chamberlain created the Nutshell Technique, a method whereby writers identify eight dynamic, interconnected elements that are required to successfully tell a story.Now, for the first time, Chamberlain presents her unique method in book…
Author(s): Jill Chamberlain

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

 Best Script Writing Books Worth Your Attention“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 demystifying screenplay format.” –Lizbeth Hartz – Author,…
Author(s): Michael Rogan

7. Screenwriting For Dummies (2008)

 Best Script Writing Books Worth Your AttentionSo 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

8. Bulletproof: Writing Scripts that Don’t Get Shot Down (2019)

 Best Script Writing Books Worth Your AttentionThe team of Diamond and Weissman have been writing movies and mentoring filmmakers for decades. In this practical guide, they take the aspiring writer by the hand and guide them through the logistics and tools of writing an attention-grabbing, audience-pleasing screenplay. Readers will learn the interests and needs of managers, agents, producers, executives, financiers, directors, and actors. Diamond and Weissman attribute their phenomenal success to a career-long focus on the motives and priorities of film sponsors and benefactors.Whether it’s a theatrical release or a streaming movie, a major, big-budget tent pole or an intimate,…
Author(s): David Diamond, David Weissman

9. The Screenwriter’s Bible, 7th Edition, A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script (2019)

 Best Script Writing Books Worth Your AttentionThe Screenwriter s Bible's 7th edition marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most , , and books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 340,000 copies in its 25-year life. , it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover five books in one!  Among this book's wealth of are sample query letters, useful and checklists, , , and of screenwriting fundamentals. The 7th edition is chock-full of new examples, the , and new material on non-traditional screenplay outlets….
Author(s): David Trottier

10. The Craft of Scene Writing: Beat by Beat to a Better Script (2019)

 Best Script Writing Books Worth Your AttentionNo one comes out of a movie talking about structure. What audiences love and remember about a movie are great scenes. Marlon Brando in the back seat in On the Waterfront giving his “I could’a been a contender” speech. Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm in Katz’s Deli in When Harry Met Sally with the climactic punch line: “I’ll have what she’s having.” In Superbad, Jonah Hill professing “I love you” to his friend Michael Cera by touching his nose with a “boop.” Great scenes will elevate your script from ho-hum to extraordinary―and from the slush pile to sellable. In The Craft of Scene Writing, accomplished…
Author(s): Jim Mercurio

11. How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript (2014)

 Best Script Writing Books Worth Your AttentionYou may know the fundamentals of how to write fiction. You may be more than competent in plot, structure and characters. But if your dialogue is dull it will drag the whole story down.On the other hand, if your dialogue is crisp and full of tension it immediately grabs the reader. And if that reader is an agent or editor, sharp dialogue will give them instant assurance that you know what you’re doing as a writer.Writing a bestseller or hot screenplay is no easy task, but dazzling dialogue is an absolute essential if you want to get there. The best part is, the skills of the dialogue craft are easy to understand and put into…
Author(s): James Scott Bell

12. Finish the Script!: A College Screenwriting Course in Book Form (2013)

 Best Script Writing Books Worth Your AttentionBased on actual class lectures and assignments, Finish the Script! offers an inside look into the screenwriting process as it’s author writes a screenplay from scratch along with the reader. By taking a step-by-step approach to writing, Finish the Script!, ditches theory and focuses on the actual process. It’s a full college course squeezed into a book, complete with exercises and sample assignments. It shows how messy first drafts can be and how to fix problems and mistakes when doing a rewrite. Stop worrying about getting the perfect treatment, exact…
Author(s): Scott King

13. Cursive Handwriting Workbook for Teens: A cursive writing practice workbook for young adults and teens (Beginning cursive workbooks) (2019)

 Best Script Writing Books Worth Your AttentionThis workbook is for teens and young adults who are looking to build cursive writing skill. With over 100 pages of practice supported by easy illustrated dot to dot method, this book makes learning cursive fun and easy. The book starts with the basics and progressively advances to develop the muscle memory and understanding of how to form each cursive letter correctly and connect them. This book takes the writer on a skill building journey of Buy this today to begin a journey into the beautiful world of cursive handwriting….
Author(s): Sujatha Lalgudi , Handwriting Team, Beginner Cursive, et al.

Best Script Writing Books Worth Your Attention

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 script 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.

Making a Good Script Great: A Guide for Writing & Rewriting

Author(s): Linda Seger
ID: 1634970, Publisher: Silman-James Press,U.S, Year: 6 March 2010, Size: 650 Kb, Format: epub

The craft of scene writing: beat by beat to a better script

Author(s): Mercurio, Jim
ID: 2724039, Publisher: Linden Publishing, Year: 2019;2018, Size: 650 Kb, Format: epub

Sinography: The Borrowing and Adaptation of the Chinese Script

Author(s): Zev Joseph Handel
ID: 2389013, Publisher: Brill, Year: 2019, Size: 16 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly chart-busters according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written 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 books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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