Best screenwriting books in 2019

Screenwriting or Screenplay writing is step by step process. New learners assume screenwriting is only about scene after scene writing, so such writer jump straight to write scene after scene. Where as the reality is screenwriting involves lots of stages. There are plenty of book which guides to learn all the stages of screenwriting. Following are few best books to learn the craft of screenwriting.

Best screenwriting books in 2019
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Best Books to Learn Screenplay Writing

  1. Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field
  2. Save The Cat by Blake Snyder
  3. Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
  4. The Screenwriter's Problem Solver by Syd Field
  5. Five Pillars of Screenwriting: Professional Approach to Screenwriting by Srikant Kumar
  6. The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby
  7. The Ultimate Course Book on How to Write a Screenplay by Joan Denise Humphries
  8. Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless by Joseph McBride
  9. Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier
  10. How Not to Write a Screenplay by Denny Martin Flinn

Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field


Screenplay The Foundations of Screenwriting by syd field

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Screenplay: The Foundations Of Screenwriting offers a step-by-step guide about screenwriting, from the concept to a finished script, and is written by the master screenwriter himself.

Screenplay: The Foundations Of Screenwriting is an upgraded version of Syd Field’s classical guide in screenwriting for aspiring and experienced writers. The book deals with the inception of a concept, crafting and development of characters, and plotting the opening scene to the completion of a script. The book is updated with trends and perspectives on the evolving film industry. The book helps writers on the basics of screenwriting including building up engaging dialogues, character creation and development, how to build the story line, finding the right agent to market your book, and much more.

The book also throws a fresh perspective on marketing and collaborations, along with the assessment of successful films, including American Beauty and the Lord Of The Rings series. Screenplay: The Foundations Of Screenwriting is available in paperback and was published by RHUS in 2005.

Key Features:
  • Apart from being a comprehensive guide, the book also helps you understand the nuances of how to adapt a novel, a play, or an article into full-fledged screenplay.
  • The book also provides useful insight on how to protect your work legally, patents, and claiming of ownership of your screenplay.

Save The Cat by Blake Snyder


Save the cat by blake snyder

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Here’s what started the phenomenon: the best seller, for over 15 years, that’s been used by screenwriters around the world! Blake Snyder tells all in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business. “Save the Cat” is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying, including:The four elements of every winning loglineThe seven immutable laws of screenplay physicsThe 10 genres that every movie ever made can be categorized by — and why they’re important to your scriptWhy your Hero must serve your IdeaMastering the 15 BeatsCreating the “Perfect Beast” by using The Board to map 40 scenes with conflict and emotional changeHow to get back on track with proven rules for script repairThis ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a showbiz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat.

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

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

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Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.

In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.

The Screenwriter's Problem Solver by Syd Field

The Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Field

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All writing is rewriting. But what do you change, and how do you change it? All screenplays have problems. They happened to Die Hard: With a Vengeance and Broken Arrow-and didn't get fixed, leaving the films flawed. They nearly shelved Platoon-until Oliver Stone rewrote the first ten pages and created a classic. They happen to every screenwriter. But good writers see their problems as a springboard to creativity. Now bestselling author Syd Field, who works on over 1,000 screenplays a year, tells you step-by-step how to identify and fix common screenwriting problems, providing the professional secrets that make movies brilliant-secrets that can make your screenplay one headed for success...or even Cannes. Learn how to:

Understand what makes great stories work
Make your screenplay work in the first ten pages, using Thelma & Louise and Dances With Wolves as models
Use a "dream assignment" to let your creative self break free overnight
Make action build character, the way Quentin Tarantino does
Recover when you hit the "wall"-and overcome writer's block forever

Five Pillars of Screenwriting: Professional Approach to Screenwriting by Srikant Kumar

Five Pillars of Screenwriting by Srikant Kumar

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Five Pillars of Screenwriting - A book for aspiring screenwriters. Step by step guide to professional way of screenwriting. Most aspiring screenwriters are totally focused to scene writing only where as in reality screenwriting is vast process. In this book we have discussed in detail important phases of screenwriting. With out understanding these phases of screenwriting no one can build even a standard movie script.

These phases are pillars of screenwriting. For a successful screenwriting career or to develop a potential movie script, aspiring screenwriter must have to understand in depth. In this book, we have covered each pillar of screenwriting. Towards the end of this book, reader could able to develop a potential movie script.

To master each phases or pillar of screenwriting, assignment and movie examples are there.

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby

The Anatomy of Story 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby

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John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood's most successful films, including Sleepless in Seattle, Scream, and Shrek. The Anatomy of Story is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby's own unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative.

The Ultimate Course Book on How to Write a Screenplay by Joan Denise Humphries

The Ultimate Course Book on How to Write a Screenplay by Joan Denise Humphries

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This Ebook is a great guide for those people who aspire to become a successful scriptwriter. No matter how skilled you are at writing, scriptwriting requires certain guidelines that needs to be followed. Every year a number of movies are released and all these writers share nothing in common apart from their profession. That means anyone can succeed at this field!

Every writer has a different way to find an idea & develop it into a story. Every writer has his own preferences in techniques and style. This book is also helpful for the existing scriptwriters to enhance their writing skills.

Screenwriting is a craft that starts with an idea. Screenwriting requires keenness of thoughts and a unique vision. A screenwriter can convert a simple idea into an interesting story that can be presented in front of the audiences. This book contains ways to format your screenplays for the right medium.Whether you want to write for movies, TV drama, novels, stage play or cinema, we got you covered.

Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless by Joseph McBride


Writing in Pictures Screenwriting Made Painless by Joseph McBride

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Writing in Pictures is a refreshingly practical and entertaining guide to screenwriting that provides what is lacking in most such books: a clear, step-by-step demonstration of how to write a screenplay.

Seasoned screenwriter and writing teacher Joseph McBride breaks down the process into a series of easy, approachable tasks, focusing on literary adaptation as the best way to learn the basics and avoiding the usual formulaic approach. With its wealth of useful tips, along with colorful insights from master screenwriters past and present, this book is invaluable for anyone who wants to learn the craft of screen storytelling.

Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier (Author)

Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier

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The 20th anniversary edition of one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 200,000 copies in its twenty-year life. Always up-to-date and reliable, it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover five books in one! A Screenwriting Primer that provides a concise course in screenwriting basics, A Screenwriting Workbook that walks you through the complete writing process, from nascent ideas through final revisions, A Formatting Guide that thoroughly covers today's correct formats for screenplays and TV scripts, A Spec Writing Guide that demonstrates today's spec style through sample scenes and analysis, with an emphasis on grabbing the reader's interest in the first ten pages, A Sales and Marketing Guide that presents proven strategies to help you create a laser-sharp marketing plan.

How Not to Write a Screenplay by Denny Martin Flinn

How Not to Write a Screenplay by Denny Martin Flinn

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All good screenplays are unique, but all bad screenplays are the same. Flinn's book will teach the reader how to avoid the pitfalls of bad screenwriting and arrive at one's own destination intact.

Best Books to Learn Screenplay Writing

  1. Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field
  2. Save The Cat by Blake Snyder
  3. Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
  4. The Screenwriter's Problem Solver by Syd Field
  5. Five Pillars of Screenwriting: Professional Approach to Screenwriting by Srikant Kumar
  6. The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby
  7. The Ultimate Course Book on How to Write a Screenplay by Joan Denise Humphries
  8. Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless by Joseph McBride
  9. Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier
  10. How Not to Write a Screenplay by Denny Martin Flinn

Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field


Screenplay The Foundations of Screenwriting by syd field

Know More About The Book

Screenplay: The Foundations Of Screenwriting offers a step-by-step guide about screenwriting, from the concept to a finished script, and is written by the master screenwriter himself.

Screenplay: The Foundations Of Screenwriting is an upgraded version of Syd Field’s classical guide in screenwriting for aspiring and experienced writers. The book deals with the inception of a concept, crafting and development of characters, and plotting the opening scene to the completion of a script. The book is updated with trends and perspectives on the evolving film industry. The book helps writers on the basics of screenwriting including building up engaging dialogues, character creation and development, how to build the story line, finding the right agent to market your book, and much more.

The book also throws a fresh perspective on marketing and collaborations, along with the assessment of successful films, including American Beauty and the Lord Of The Rings series. Screenplay: The Foundations Of Screenwriting is available in paperback and was published by RHUS in 2005.

Key Features:
  • Apart from being a comprehensive guide, the book also helps you understand the nuances of how to adapt a novel, a play, or an article into full-fledged screenplay.
  • The book also provides useful insight on how to protect your work legally, patents, and claiming of ownership of your screenplay.

Save The Cat by Blake Snyder


Save the cat by blake snyder

Know More About The Book

Here’s what started the phenomenon: the best seller, for over 15 years, that’s been used by screenwriters around the world! Blake Snyder tells all in this fast, funny and candid look inside the movie business. “Save the Cat” is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying, including:The four elements of every winning loglineThe seven immutable laws of screenplay physicsThe 10 genres that every movie ever made can be categorized by — and why they’re important to your scriptWhy your Hero must serve your IdeaMastering the 15 BeatsCreating the “Perfect Beast” by using The Board to map 40 scenes with conflict and emotional changeHow to get back on track with proven rules for script repairThis ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a showbiz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat.

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

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

Know More About The Book

Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.

In Story, McKee expands on the concepts he teaches in his $450 seminars (considered a must by industry insiders), providing readers with the most comprehensive, integrated explanation of the craft of writing for the screen. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.

The Screenwriter's Problem Solver by Syd Field

The Screenwriters Problem Solver by Syd Field

Know More About The Book

All writing is rewriting. But what do you change, and how do you change it? All screenplays have problems. They happened to Die Hard: With a Vengeance and Broken Arrow-and didn't get fixed, leaving the films flawed. They nearly shelved Platoon-until Oliver Stone rewrote the first ten pages and created a classic. They happen to every screenwriter. But good writers see their problems as a springboard to creativity. Now bestselling author Syd Field, who works on over 1,000 screenplays a year, tells you step-by-step how to identify and fix common screenwriting problems, providing the professional secrets that make movies brilliant-secrets that can make your screenplay one headed for success...or even Cannes. Learn how to:

Understand what makes great stories work
Make your screenplay work in the first ten pages, using Thelma & Louise and Dances With Wolves as models
Use a "dream assignment" to let your creative self break free overnight
Make action build character, the way Quentin Tarantino does
Recover when you hit the "wall"-and overcome writer's block forever

Five Pillars of Screenwriting: Professional Approach to Screenwriting by Srikant Kumar

Five Pillars of Screenwriting by Srikant Kumar

Know More About The Book

Five Pillars of Screenwriting - A book for aspiring screenwriters. Step by step guide to professional way of screenwriting. Most aspiring screenwriters are totally focused to scene writing only where as in reality screenwriting is vast process. In this book we have discussed in detail important phases of screenwriting. With out understanding these phases of screenwriting no one can build even a standard movie script.

These phases are pillars of screenwriting. For a successful screenwriting career or to develop a potential movie script, aspiring screenwriter must have to understand in depth. In this book, we have covered each pillar of screenwriting. Towards the end of this book, reader could able to develop a potential movie script.

To master each phases or pillar of screenwriting, assignment and movie examples are there.

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby

The Anatomy of Story 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby

Know More About The Book

John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood's most successful films, including Sleepless in Seattle, Scream, and Shrek. The Anatomy of Story is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all his secrets for writing a compelling script. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby's own unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative.

The Ultimate Course Book on How to Write a Screenplay by Joan Denise Humphries

The Ultimate Course Book on How to Write a Screenplay by Joan Denise Humphries

Know More About The Book

This Ebook is a great guide for those people who aspire to become a successful scriptwriter. No matter how skilled you are at writing, scriptwriting requires certain guidelines that needs to be followed. Every year a number of movies are released and all these writers share nothing in common apart from their profession. That means anyone can succeed at this field!

Every writer has a different way to find an idea & develop it into a story. Every writer has his own preferences in techniques and style. This book is also helpful for the existing scriptwriters to enhance their writing skills.

Screenwriting is a craft that starts with an idea. Screenwriting requires keenness of thoughts and a unique vision. A screenwriter can convert a simple idea into an interesting story that can be presented in front of the audiences. This book contains ways to format your screenplays for the right medium.Whether you want to write for movies, TV drama, novels, stage play or cinema, we got you covered.

Writing in Pictures: Screenwriting Made (Mostly) Painless by Joseph McBride


Writing in Pictures Screenwriting Made Painless by Joseph McBride

Know More About The Book

Writing in Pictures is a refreshingly practical and entertaining guide to screenwriting that provides what is lacking in most such books: a clear, step-by-step demonstration of how to write a screenplay.

Seasoned screenwriter and writing teacher Joseph McBride breaks down the process into a series of easy, approachable tasks, focusing on literary adaptation as the best way to learn the basics and avoiding the usual formulaic approach. With its wealth of useful tips, along with colorful insights from master screenwriters past and present, this book is invaluable for anyone who wants to learn the craft of screen storytelling.

Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier (Author)

Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier

Know More About The Book

The 20th anniversary edition of one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 200,000 copies in its twenty-year life. Always up-to-date and reliable, it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover five books in one! A Screenwriting Primer that provides a concise course in screenwriting basics, A Screenwriting Workbook that walks you through the complete writing process, from nascent ideas through final revisions, A Formatting Guide that thoroughly covers today's correct formats for screenplays and TV scripts, A Spec Writing Guide that demonstrates today's spec style through sample scenes and analysis, with an emphasis on grabbing the reader's interest in the first ten pages, A Sales and Marketing Guide that presents proven strategies to help you create a laser-sharp marketing plan.

How Not to Write a Screenplay by Denny Martin Flinn

How Not to Write a Screenplay by Denny Martin Flinn

Know More About The Book

All good screenplays are unique, but all bad screenplays are the same. Flinn's book will teach the reader how to avoid the pitfalls of bad screenwriting and arrive at one's own destination intact.