Stop whining, start writing....screenwriting. Can someone recommend a book(s)on screenwriting for the novice ? Must do this myself. Thank you, Kelley Watson
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“Story” by Robert McKee is the standard primer. “Save the Cat” is a popular follow-up. I’m personally a fan of “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud because of its focus on visual storytelling.
"Screenwriting for Dummies" by Laura Schellhardt
Screenwriter's Bible by Dave Trottier, and I don't know if it's still in print - Story Sense by Paul Lucey
Story is good for understanding how story works. Sid Fields books are good and the internet is probably a good source for understanding formatting. If you read too many books you will get confused and bogged down. Buy one and read it. If you are no wiser buy another. However more important than all the books that exist to mystify screenwriting, the best learning curve is to read screenplays. Read them every day. Then take that screenplay and walk through the film whilst studying the play. You will begin very quickly to see how it all works. and what you need to do to write well.
"Your Screenplay Sucks" by William Akers, anything by Linda Seger.
Dave Trottier for formatting is a must-have. I like Michael Hauge and Blake Snyder for content.
Here are some really good youtube videos on screen writing.
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You say you're a novice; I suggest you learn the craft of screenwriting first - the Screenwriter's Bible by Dave Trottier is an excellent primer. There are a few good books on story structure & development that you'll get into , but LEARN THE CRAFT FIRST.
I agree with what Doug said.
Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters
There's a course I can recommend. It was developed by one of the writers of DANGER CLOSE, the upcoming big-budget Aussie war movie. He was my teacher years ago. His course is about mastering the craft, as well as the form. You'll learn a lot more, and learn it a lot faster, through the practical exercises involved vs reading a book. Check it out - https://screenwriting.courses/ ...fyi - I get nothing for making this recommendation. My endorsement is based on personal experience with the instructor.
Thank you Phil!!
The Screenwriter's Bible by David Trottier is like a textbook on screenwriting. Helps lay out how to write a Montage and so on. I read 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriters by Karl Iglesias first. Great to get inside the heads of the pros and how they do it! I knew nothing, but this book helped me get started. Hope this helps.
Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger gives a basic straight line approach to screenwriting.