All writers should continuously strive to keep learning and better their craft. What better way to do that than by checking out some screenwriting books! Save The Cat!, Screenwriting for Dummies, The Screenwriter's Bible and more … today I'm talking about some of my favorite books for screenwriters!
- Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
By Blake Snyder
Probably the best-known screenwriting book, Save the Cat! breaks down story structure in a way that allows writers to recognize and understand format and key beats easily. While some writers love it, and others hate it, I think it's a great entry point if you're looking to learn more about screenwriting and story structure.
- Screenwriting for Dummies
By Laura Schellhardt
Screenwriting for Dummies is a great starter book for those just beginning to get into screenwriting. This book focuses on providing a basic understanding of all the aspects that go into writing a script. Focusing mainly on the development of plot and characters, this is an excellent choice for those about to write their first screenplays.
- The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script
By David Trottier
My favorite of the screenwriting how-to books! The Screenwriter's Bible is a reliable and thorough guide to pretty much anything that you want to know about screenwriting. This book is helpful for new or working writers. It has a plethora of practical information, as well as a ton of examples. The formatting section in this book is one that I find myself referring to often, as it always has the answer to whatever questions I have about traditional screenplay format.
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
By Stephen King
Stephen King's On Writing is often recommended to all kinds of writers, and I can't help but agree. This book is an inspiration to read. If you're someone who doesn't like the textbook vibe of many writing books, then this is the book for you. On Writing will hold your attention, while motivating you and inspiring your own Writing.
- Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting
By Robert McKee
Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him international notice and acclaim. Story breaks down the concepts that he shares in his workshops. Robert McKee entertains while shedding light on the art of storytelling.
- How to Manage Your Agent
By Chad Gervich
How to Manage Your Agent provides an informative look at the relationship writers have with their representation. It helps readers to understand, navigate, and know what to expect from a manager or agent. This book is a must-read for writers looking to learn more about how to progress in their careers and gain representation!
I hope these books can help any writers out there looking for a good read on how to get started or improve their skills. Even if you've been writing for a while, there's always more to learn. Happy reading and writing!