And often, the easiest part is the writing itself.
It’s the rest of the job — pitching the script, doing a multitude of requested rewrites, being ignored and generally treated worse than hired help . . . and then they send your script out to somebody you’ve never heard of who rewrites the whole thing from scratch!
Nonetheless, there are people who long to get their stories up on the silver screen. These books can teach you how to write the screenplay, how to sell your story and how to survive afterward with your ego intact.
So You Want to be a Screenwriter?
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- The Complete Book of Scriptwriting by J. Michael Straczynski
- Break into Screenwriting (Teach Yourself Series) by Ray Frensham
- Now Write! Screenwriting: Exercises by Today’s Best Writers and Teachers by Sherry Ellis with Laurie Lamson
- The Inner Game of Screenwriting: 20 Winning Story Forms by Sandy Frank
- Screenwriting by Declan McGrath
- Screenwriting: A Practical Guide to Pursuing the Art by Jason Skog
- You Can Write A Movie by Pamela Wallace
- The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers (3rd. edition) by Christopher Vogler
- Which Lie Did I Tell?, Or, More Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman
- William Goldman: Five Screenplays with Essays by William Goldman
- William Goldman: Four Screenplays with Essays by William Goldman
- The Devil’s Guide to Hollywood: The Screenwriter as God! by Joe Eszterhas
- Tales from the Script: 50 Hollywood Screenwriters Share Their Stories edited by Peter Hanson and Paul Robert Herman
- Horror Screenwriting: The Nature of Fear by Devin Watson
- Writing the Thriller Film: The Terror Within by Neill D. Hicks
- Writing the Action-adventure Film: The Moment of Truth by Neill D. Hicks
- Writing Docudrama: Dramatizing Reality for Film and TV by Alan Rosenthal
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You can view another version of So You Want to be a Screenwriter? book list complete with my annotations for many of the books at the CLEVNET webcatalog.