The Best Screenwriting Books Chosen by Screenwriters

The Best Screenwriting Books Chosen by Screenwriters

Looking for amazing screenwriting books?  Odds are you’ve probably read the usual suspects over the years.  You may even have favorites of your own.  If you happen to be looking for something new to read check out the links below.  Instead of providing a list of books on The Spark, here are MANY lists created by screenwriters at all levels.  You’ll find rankings but you’ll also discover insight.

What is it about a particular book that inspires a screenwriter?

This list will continue to evolve as new posts are discovered so be sure to submit any you find that are missing!

8 Must Read Screenwriting Books For Beginners | Screenwriting Spark

Screenwriting Books | Screenwriting From Iowa

My Top 5 Screenwriting Books | Script Shadow

The Best Screenwriting Books | The Aspiring TV Writer & Screenwriter Blog

Three New Screenwriting Books For 2014 | The Aspiring TV Writer & Screenwriter Blog

5 Books To Read Before Starting Your Second Screenplay | Screenwriting Spark

Top Screenwriting Books | Screenwriting HQ

The 5 Best Books on Screenwriting | Script Faze

Top 10 Screenwriting Books Screenwriters Should Know | Good In A Room

Excellent Books on Screenwriting | Stigmata Script

Best Screenwriting Books | Cracking Yarns

6 Books Every Aspiring Screenwriter Should Read | The Tonic

Special Edition Look At Screenwriting Books | The Stax Report IGN

Books For A Young Aspiring Screenwriter | The Bitter Script Reader

13 Screenwriting Books To Help You Write Better Characters | Screenwriting Spark

Screenwriting Books | Your Screenplay Sucks

Old School To New School: A New Take on Screenwriting Manuals | Screenwriter’s Utopia

Top 10 Books: General Screenwriting/Film | Screenwriter’s Utopia

The Best Gifts for Screenwriters | Script Doctor Eric

Book Reviews | Script Magazine

Top 10 Screenwriting Books | Top10ScreenwritingBooks

Best Books on Screenwriting | Lights Online Film School

Top 15 Screenwriting Books That Inspire | The Athletic Nerd

The Best Screenwriting Books Ever Written | Amazon.com List

Best Screenwriting Books | Writer’s Store

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10 thoughts on “The Best Screenwriting Books Chosen by Screenwriters

  1. What a great compilation! I’m going to enjoy reading through all these recommendations.

    Here are a few more for you:

    Screenwriting Books for New Writers – http://theblackboard.blcklst.com/forums/topic/screenwriting-books-for-new-writers/

    Screenwriting Advice from Diversity Writers – http://theblackboard.blcklst.com/forums/topic/screenwriting-advice-from-diversity-writers/

    Non-Screenwriting Books for Screenwriters – http://theblackboard.blcklst.com/forums/topic/non-screenwriting-books-for-screenwriters/

    And here are recommendations broken down by genre:

    Must-Read Books for Action Writers – http://theblackboard.blcklst.com/forums/topic/action-must-read-non-fiction-books/

    Must-Read Books for Comedy Writers – http://theblackboard.blcklst.com/forums/topic/voting-non-fiction-books-for-comedy-writers/

    Must-Read Books for Family Film Writers – http://theblackboard.blcklst.com/forums/topic/family-must-read-non-fiction-books/

    Must-Read Books for Fantasy Writers – http://theblackboard.blcklst.com/forums/topic/fantasy-must-read-non-fiction-books/

    Must-Read Books for Horror Writers – http://theblackboard.blcklst.com/forums/topic/must-read-non-fiction-books-2/

    Must-Read Books for Science Fiction Writers – http://theblackboard.blcklst.com/forums/topic/must-read-non-fiction-books/

    Must-Read Books for Thriller Writers – http://theblackboard.blcklst.com/forums/topic/non-fiction-books/

  2. Many advanced screenwriters would say that “Screenplay” by Syd Field is the quintessential screenwriting manual for the absolute beginning screenwriter. We beg to differ! Screenplay is ideal for the beginning screenwriter however, advanced screenwriters will also find this screenwriting book very helpful. It’s a great book to reference back to when stuck on certain plot issues. This book is so essential because the parts of a screenplay are discussed. Every screenplay from Snow White to Pulp Fiction is built on the principles taught in this book. It won’t teach you how to juxtapose your story to create a Pulp Fiction type of story, but once you know the fundamentals of screenplay structure, you’ll understand how the parts fit the whole and how they can be manipulated brilliantly to create a great story

    • Jason McKinnon

      Great point! When it comes to building a foundation in screenwriting or advancing your skills, it’s definitely a worthwhile book to read!


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