screenwriterbibleI’m in a writer’s group with television writers and one of my classmates had asked some questions about formatting her screenplay. So that gave me the idea of compiling a list of the best books for screenwriters. These books deal with everything from formatting to story to character. I’ve also blended the list to include writing for television as well as writing for film. I’ve used all of these books on this list and have found various gems in the books to be helpful.

135The 1,3,5 Story Structure Made Simple System: The Nine Essential Elements of a Sellable Screenplay by Donna Michelle Anderson

(This book is great in understanding the structure for writing films.) Visit: planetdma.com for more info.

The Screenwriter’s Bible by David Trottier

 (This book is great in understand format and technical aspects of screenwriting. The image is featured at the top of this post.)

storylineStory Line: Finding Gold in Your Life Story by Jennifer Grisanti

(This book is great to help you pull your personal story into your writing.)

Successful Television Writing by Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin

(This book teaches you how to study television shows and understand what makes a show watchable and GOOD!)

TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write A Script That Sells by Jennifer Grisanti

(This book can take a novice and turn them into a person who knows how to write a TV pilot.)

Your Screenplay Sucks: 100 Ways to Make It Great by William M. Akers

(This book provides commonsense advice on how to improve your screenplay.)

Story: Style, Structure, Substance and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee

(Helps writers understand story. The book is rather long though.)
***Save The Cat by Blake Snyder is apparently a really good book. I haven’t read it so I didn’t feel comfortable recommending it. But, a lot of people on Amazon love it, so I think its worth mentioning on this list.
Anyway, several of my readers requested that I include information on writing and so I’ve been doing Writer Wednesday’s. If you want to know about other things dealing with writing, email me: yshiraz@yasminshiraz.net and your question could be featured in an upcoming Writer Wednesday feature…
Peace & Love,
Yasmin
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