5 Great Books About Screenwriting
Whether you’re already a screenwriter or have the hopes of becoming one, reading up about the craft can be a great way to learn new writing tactics or brush up on old ones. While there are commonly cited consistencies that make a good story, then are many different ways to go about the process from both a creative and technical perspective.
The following are some interesting (and inspiring) books about screenwriting.
1. Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need – by Blake Snyder
Save the Cat has been a popular screenwriting for man years, and for good reason. Blake Snyder is a show biz veteran who knows what it takes to sell a script.
2. Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
Author Robert McKee teaches screenwriting workshops, so he knows a thing or two about making it work. Notable alumni include Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie.
Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-winning writer/producer Erik Bork takes an approach to writing that focuses on the importance of the initial screenplay idea.
4. The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting by Jill Chamberlain
Jill Chamberlain came up with her own method to help writers identify the difference between a situation and a story. She teaches there here with the eight dynamic, interconnected elements that are required to successfully tell a story.
5. The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby
Story consultant John Truby has taught students that have gone on to write movies like Sleepless in Seattle, Scream, and Shrek. He shares many of his lessons in this book.