There are so many screenwriting books that’s easy to get lost (and not writing). Here’s a list of the books that will actually help you become a professional screenwriter.
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I added a warning sign next to the name because Save the Cat is a double-edged sword. If you read it as your first writing book, it can give you a false formulaic idea of how writers approach the craft. On the other hand, if you read it after the previous book, you’ll have a deep knowledge of the craft that allows you to benefit from its simplicity.
If you feel like you don’t have enough time to write, this book if for you. Pilar will guide you through the writing process of your entire feature film with small steps that you can take in as little as 10 minutes.
Also check out her great “On The Page” screenwriting podcast here:
On Writing will transport you into the head of one of the most prolific and successful writer of modern times. Regardless of if you love the horror genre or not, reading about Stephen King’s process, writing schedule and his actionable tips, will help you with your screenwriting career.
The One Thing is the non writing book that every screenwriter should read. This book changed my life, after reading it I realized how far away I was from making screenwriting my “ONE THING”. If you struggle to find time to write, or doubt you’ll ever make a living from screenwriting, this book is for you.
It also inspired our Write Every Day Challenge.