Over 100 Screenwriting Books!
Welcome to The Ultimate Book Guide For Screenwriters!
This guide is a work in progress. The books have been organized into four categories for now: Basics, Theory & Guides, Specialized Topics & Business. That may evolve as more categories appear in the future.
For this first round of books, I kept this list focused primarily on film. Somewhere down the road, I’ll try to highlight the amazing books focused on television as well. Also, as I’m sure I’ve left out some classics and new releases, be sure to let me know if your favorites are missing.
I’m also planning a section dedicated to books that are NOT focused on screenwriting yet still manage to inspire aspiring screenwriters.
Finally, for the first time, I’ve also included my own favorites by marking them with a star. These are books I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed over the years. There’s a stack of amazing books I have yet to get to so there will be more stars added in time.
I want to hear about the books inspired you! Let’s talk screenwriting!
A Beginner's Guide To Screenwriting Books
Every new screenwriter has to start somewhere. If you’re looking for books to guide you along your creative journey, here are 5 tips to get you started:
Tip #1: Find a book that breaks down the entirety of the screenwriting process. (Ex: The Screenwriter’s Bible) It’s a great place to start learning the craft.
Tip #2: Read a book by a Hollywood powerhouse. (Ex: Story by Robert McKee)
Tip #3: Learn the common mistakes amateurs make. (Ex: How NOT To Write A Screenplay)
Tip #4: Find books focused on the areas you want to improve. (Ex: Dialogue, character, structure etc…)
Tip #5: Read the books that speak to you. (For me, it was ‘Screenwriting from the Soul’ by Richard Krevolin.)