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Read the 50 Best Books on Screenwriting

A guide by Anish Bhatia (California USA)
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This is not a complete education, merely the best of what's available as I see it. No book is either 100% correct or incorrect. Take what helps you learn. For all the books on the market, there are still few options for process. I hope to update this guide once I find something useful. This is the fourth revision of this guide.

The Guide in 10 Steps:
1. The Best of the Best
2. Basics
3. Structure (Formulas)
4. Storytelling (Beyond Formulas)
5. Technique
6. Screenwriters Speak
7. Rewriting
8. Visuals
9. UCLA & USC MFA Approaches
10. Format


1. The Best of the Best
Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting by William Goldman
Writing Drama; a Comprehensive Guide for Playwrights and Scriptwriters by Yves Lavandier
Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make It Great by William Akers
Riding the Alligator: Strategies for a Career in Screenplay Writing (and not getting eaten) by Pen Densham
The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri


2. Basics
The Writer's Guide to Writing Your Screenplay: How to Write Great Screenplays for Movies and Television by Cynthia Whitcomb
How to Write a Selling Screenplay by Christopher Keane
Writing Screenplays That Sell by Michael Hague
The Complete Book of Scriptwriting by J. Michael Straczynski
Screenplay: Writing the Picture by Robin Russin and William Downs
How to Write a Movie in 21 Days: The Inner Movie Method by Viki King


3. Structure (Formulas)
Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets From the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization by Michael Tierno
Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field
Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
Stealing Fire from the Gods: The Complete Guide to Story for Writers and Filmmakers, 2nd Edition by James Bonnet
The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby
The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition by Christopher Vogler
Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder


4. Storytelling (Beyond Formulas)
Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama by David Mamet
Film Scriptwriting: A Practical Manual, Second Edition by Dwight Swain
Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate by Brian McDonald
The Lean Forward Moment: Create Compelling Stories for Film, TV, and the Web by Norman Hollyn
INSIDE STORY by Dara Marks
Screenwriting From The Heart by James Ryan
Creative Screenwriting: Understanding Emotional Structure by Christina Kallas
The Way of the Screenwriter by Amnon Buchbinder


5. Technique
Writing for Emotional Impact: Advanced Dramatic Techniques to Attract, Engage, and Fascinate the Reader from Beginning to End by Karl Iglesias
The Coffee Break Screenwriter: Writing Your Script Ten Minutes at a Time by Pilar Alessandra
Making a Good Script Great, 3rd Ed. by Linda Seger
Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made by Alex Epstein
Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters by Penny Penniston
Writing a Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting by Jeff Kitchen
The Secrets Of Action Screenwriting by William Martell
The Dramatic Writer's Companion: Tools to Develop Characters, Cause Scenes, and Build Stories (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Will Dunne


6. Screenwriters Speak
The 101 Habits Of Highly Successful Screenwriters: Insider's Secrets from Hollywood's Top Writers by Karl Iglesias
Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories by Peter Hanson and Paul Herman


7. Rewriting
Rewrite: A Step-by-Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in your Screenplay by Paul Chitlik
500 Ways to Beat the Hollywood Script Reader: Writing the Screenplay the Reader Will Recommend by Jennifer Lerch


8. Visuals
Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know by Jennifer Van Sijll
Master Shots: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie by Charles Kenworthy


9. UCLA & USC MFA Approaches
The Power of Film by Howard Suber
Essentials of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing by Richard Walter
Write Screenplays That Sell: The Ackerman Way by Hal Ackerman
Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434: The Industry's Premier Teacher Reveals the Secrets of the Successful Screenplay by Lew Hunter
Story Sense: Writing Story and Script for Feature Films and Television by Paul Lucey
The Tools of Screenwriting: A Writer's Guide to the Craft and Elements of a Screenplay by David Howard and Edward Mabley
Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach by Paul Gulino


10. Format
The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script by David Trottier
The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style (Hollywood Standard: The Complete & Authoritative Guide to) by Christopher Riley
How Not to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make by Denny Martin Flinn

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2. Basics
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8.  Writing Screenplays That Sell  by Michael Hauge
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9.  The Complete Book of Scriptwriting  by J. Michael Straczynski
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10.  Screenplay: Writing the Picture  by William Missouri Downs
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11.  How to Write a Movie in 21 Days: The Inner Movie Method  by Viki King
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3. Structure (Formulas)
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13.  Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting  by Syd Field
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14.  Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting  by Robert McKee
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16.  The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller  by John Truby
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17.  The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition  by Christopher E. Vogler
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18.  Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need  by Blake Snyder
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4. Storytelling (Beyond Formulas)
19.  Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama  by David Mamet
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20.  Film Scriptwriting: A Practical Manual, Second Edition  by Dwight V. Swain
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21.  Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate  by Brian McDonald
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22.  The Lean Forward Moment: Create Compelling Stories for Film, TV, and the Web  by Norman Hollyn
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23.  INSIDE STORY  by Dara Marks
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24.  Screenwriting From The Heart  by James Ryan
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25.  Creative Screenwriting: Understanding Emotional Structure  by Christina Kallas
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26.  The Way of the Screenwriter  by Amnon Buchbinder
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5. Technique
27.  Writing for Emotional Impact: Advanced Dramatic Techniques to Attract, Engage, and Fascinate the Reader from Beginning to End  by Karl Iglesias
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28.  The Coffee Break Screenwriter: Writing Your Script Ten Minutes at a Time  by Pilar Alessandra
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29.  Making a Good Script Great, 3rd Ed.  by Linda Seger
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30.  Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made  by Alex Epstein
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31.  Talk the Talk: A Dialogue Workshop for Scriptwriters  by Penny Penniston
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32.  Writing a Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting  by Jeff Kitchen
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33.  The Secrets Of Action Screenwriting  by William C. Martell
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34.  The Dramatic Writer's Companion: Tools to Develop Characters, Cause Scenes, and Build Stories (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)  by Will Dunne
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6. Screenwriters Speak
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36.  Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories  by Peter Hanson
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8. Visuals
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41.  The Power of Film  by Howard Suber
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42.  Essentials of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing  by Richard Walter
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43.  Write Screenplays That Sell: The Ackerman Way  by Hal Ackerman
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44.  Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434: The Industry's Premier Teacher Reveals the Secrets of the Successful Screenplay  by Lew Hunter
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45.  Story Sense: Writing Story and Script for Feature Films and Television  by Paul Lucey
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47.  Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach  by Paul Joseph Gulino
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10. Format
48.  The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script  by Dave Trottier
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49.  The Hollywood Standard: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to Script Format and Style (Hollywood Standard: The Complete & Authoritative Guide to)  by Christopher Riley
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