Someday maybe we’ll talk about my other bookshelves (the sci-fi bookshelf, fantasy bookshelf, mystery bookshelf, non-fiction, etc) but today I’ll just give you a quick run down of the books I refer to most often when I am writing and need words of wisdom, technical help or just need to procrastinate.
Of course, there are two or three which should be on every screenwriter’s bookshelf:
- Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
- Screenwriting 434 by Lew Hunter
- Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger
I suppose if you want the true basics, you can read Aristotle’s Poetics but that’s up to you. It makes you sound smart to your non-writing friends if you can quote Aristotle.
Books I read for inspiration:
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- Breakfast with Sharks by Michael Lent
- The Right to Write by Julia Cameron
Books I refer to for advice (but not as much as the first 3):
- Creating Unforgetable Characters by Linda Seger
- The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
- Writing Screenplays that Sell by Michael Hauge
Books I haven’t really used in the last year, but I still have on my shelf:
- Screenplay by Syd Field
- Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Televison by Richard Walter
- Write Screenplays that Sell by Hal Ackerman
- Writing Scripts Hollywood Will Love by Katherine Atwell Herbert
- 10 Minutes to the Pitch by Chris Abbott
- Screenplay by Disney by Jason Surrell
- Successful Television Writing by Lee Goldberg
I’m going to pick up Alex’s book Crafty Screenwriting next chance I get. I’m always picking it up in the bookstore, but I’d like to finish it this year, so I’ll just buy the damn thing already.
Now you know why I never get anything written — I’m reading too many books!
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This post was written by Shawna on May 17, 2005