Like with any review online, it sometimes can be hard to make up your mind about a screenplay writing book. Either there are tons of reviews out there to read through or everyone has a different opinion. Some reviews can come off as being too general.
At the end of the day it will always be a matter of personal opinion, whether you like a book or not. The book list below has been put together with thought, so you can get the best out of each book.
There are screenplay writers who claim they've just read one or two books and that it's more important to actually read and write screenplays. This for sure makes sense to a degree, but you can also learn a thing or two from a good book.
If you choose to read a book on screenplay writing, bare in mind that every author has different experiences and pursues certain goals with his or her book. Therefore, it is important to read between the lines to learn from a book and to take contents with a pinch of salt.
If you would like to read some of the books below, try to see if your local library carries them. If you'd like to go ahead and buy a book, you can buy most of them as electronic editions, which are cheaper than hardcover books.
As a screenplay writer, it's good to know that you can deduct book buys from your taxes, which can amount to a tidy savings for at the end of the year.
I know we all have busy lives, which makes it hard to devote time to reading. A lot of books are longer than they need to be and filled with extensive details, which you may want to skip past.
To avoid this, you might want to learn the method of speed reading. It helped me with some books, especially those which were written in a more academic way.
New screenwriting book reviews will be added constantly, so keep checking in from time to time. Please note that the following books are a personal selection of me.
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