Read a Good Book Lately?

Read a good book about your craft? Or just a good book in general? Share it here.

On Writing by Stephen King

Even though he's writing about his experience crafting novels, I found Stephen King's book, "On Writing," to be extremely helpful in my approach to writing screenplays.

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King's critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have s…
Kerry Morgan

Funny you should mention King's book, I was at a writer's panel in Austin and a gentleman in the crowd suggested it, too. I read a sample of it, but I just haven't sat down and read it, yet.

Keith Hopkins

I can't say enough good things about it. He has a lot of insight about knowing when you should keep your writing to yourself, and when it's time to start showing it to people, and opening yourself up for criticism. He calls it "writing with the door closed" vs "writing with the door open"

Guilty pleasure and craft books

My favorite guilty pleasure read on the film industry is The Devil's Guide to Hollywood by Joe Eszterhas. I think his experience in the industry, the players and discussing screenwriting will either make a person run screaming out of Hollywood or make you dig your heels in deeper and just do it. It'...

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The Fallen World Series by Laura Thalassa

There are three books in the series, The Queen of All That Dies, The Queen of Traitors, The Queen of All That Lives. I have a few series of books that I like, but this one is by far my favorite. It is one that I do hope to make into a film or series one day. It is very easy to picture it all in your...

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A Man Called Ove

I was a little late to the party to reading it, but just finished A Man Called Ove. Such a great Swedish book!

My favorite book is "The Artist's Way"

It helped me define my creative life! What is your favorite "bible" for your creative work?

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Aristotle's Poetics but then again Stephen you know I am a writer and you are an actor.

Stephen Foster

Steven Harris Anzelowitz I'm a writer, too! I've written a self-help book for actors, 2 stage plays, endless screenplays...

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

I did not know this!! Very cool!!

A Little Bit Wicked by Kristin Chenoweth

She is funny, honest, self deprecating and has the career I have always wanted.

Becky Nader Rose

I recently finished reading Burton on Burton. It was a really interesting insight of Tim Burton and his film making process. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of him.
Any one have any recommendations of other books by film makers?

One Fiction, One Creative

Hi, all! I am finishing up Jim Butcher's new(ish) book, The Aeronaut's Windlass. A really fun, tightly written romp through a fantasy steampunk world. Interesting characters, a neat political interplay between "kingdoms" (called "spires" in this), and a cool mechanical/magical science hybrid that po...

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Leonard D. Hilley II

Not a book, but I'm reading the play, "A Raisin in the Sun," by Lorraine Hansberry

"Getting Past Anxiety, an inspirational novel to reclaim your life"

Great fictional story of a character named Stella who took the alternative route in healing her anxiety with a transformative healer. Must read!!!

Books That Have Saved My Life

Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin - Entertaining & thorough look at the last 15 years of TV - how some amazing shows were conceived, developed, sold, & made. Moviemakers' Master Class by Laurent Tirar...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Some great suggestions here, Eric. Thank you!

Stephen Foster

I love 'The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron & "Think & Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill. Those are the foundation books for me!


Anybody read this?

Tom Gurnee

You'll enjoy it if you take the time.

Richard "RB" Botto

Read it a while back. Thought provoking in many respects, a bit out there in others.

Looking for a book on screenwriting

I'm currently reading How To Write For Television by Madeline DiMaggio but I it seems extremely useless. She's mainly writing about herself and the screen- and teleplays that she wrote and the extracts that she puts in the book are not even good but extremely bad and I'm not even a professional scre...

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Lisa Bogner

Does anybody know if Writing The TV Drama Series by Pamela Douglas is any good?

Beth Fox Heisinger

Hi Lisa. Sorry, I have not read the two books you reference. But here's a thread in the Screenwriting forum that may be helpful to you:

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All The Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

Guys, I'm not kidding when I say I really think a lot of actors could utilize this book to expand upon their character development skills. Doerr does an excellent job building the main characters' back stories and allowing the reader to develop insight into their personal lives and admiration for th...

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