Read a Good Book Lately?

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

Lisa Bogner
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: https://www.stage32.com/lounge/screenwriting/Best-Screenwriting-...

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Christine Celozzi
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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#Unabashed Dork

I'm finally reading DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE by Edward Gibbons... I'm on Volume 2 and it really does read like an epic - one story of an empire rising and falling. So much drama!! It has the court intrigue of GAME OF THRONES, the violence of VIKINGS and even some of the romance of OUTLANDER. Just goes to show, you can't beat history!

Jeff Lyons

Yes... it's filled with lovely stories like with one Emperor who liked to paint young boys like little fish and then have them wait underwater in his pool so when he went swimming the boys could swim between his legs and nip at his genitals.

Erik Grossman

What do YOU do with your Saturdays?

Jeff Lyons

Erik--you don't want to know.

James Grant Goldin

Wasn't that Tiberius? That's in Seutonius' "Twelve Caesars," IIRC...one of the bases for "I, Claudius."

Matt Wanicur
The Fireman

The Fireman by Joe Hill.

Einny Kim

I'm curious about the book, so I will read it soon. But I like Stephen King more than his son until now.

Matt Wanicur

Have you read Heart-Shaped Box or Horns? I didn't even know Joe Hill was his son until after I read them both. It's uncanny how good he is.

Einny Kim

Hi, Matt Wanicur. Yes, I will try to read Horns soon. I hope to talk with you about Joe hill again. :)

Linda Hullinger
The Eight Characters of Comedy: A Guide to Sitcom Acting and Writing by Scott Sedita

I just finished this book and found it to be very informative and helpful. Lots of great examples for comparison when writing your own characters, along with a bit of sitcom history and how comedy has evolved since the 50s.

Einny Kim

I agree with you.

Paul Mahoney

Great book, I loved this one, with many great examples of different comedy character types.

Suzanne Bronson
I Can See Clearly Now

Anyone else into Dr. Wayne Dyer? This book is about how one thing lead to another.

Shawn Speake

Dr. Dyer's the man! Law of Attraction is real. You gotta give action to get it!

Don Zorbas
Great read!

WW2 great read!

Elle Richards
Freakanomics

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.

Michael Worth
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

Paul Bliss
Thank You For Arguing - by Jay Heinrichs

What was interesting about this book is how the author explains how to properly use rhetoric. It's a seemingly lost art in modern politics, but some examples he gives clarify the subtle differences. If you are looking to improve the dialogue of your characters while also creating distinct voices and ways for them to argue, this is a fantastic read.

Debbie Croysdale
Re Good Book Thread.

Thanks to Shawn Speakes input here around nine months ago, I started to read James Patterson, the last one being "The Post Card Killers". (A book he co wrote with a Scandinavian author). This twist of fate turned me into a Detective Novel Junkie. Prior to this I hadn't picked up a fiction read in ye...

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Debbie Croysdale

Adding to above The Book Dead Scared interests me for a couple of reasons. Sharon Boltons descriptive passages give a feel of reality and draw me into the prevailing atmosphere. A loner in a kind of a...

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Diane Morton-Gattullo
On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King

Excellent read, a inside look into the art of writing.

CL Pike (Cynda)

Hi Diane, I'm so glad you posted this because I just started this yesterday - I've read snippets but now I'm going to really dig in.

Diane Morton-Gattullo

Cynda, let me know what you think. I found it to be really interesting.

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