This Just In: Books on Writing Screenplays

Eight Recently-Arrived Titles from the Film & TV Section:

“A new batch of screenplaywriting books have just come in. Selected by a screenplay writer and a film critic, you will find only the best books about film here in our Amsterdam Film & TV section on the first floor.” – Jilles & Reinoud, buyers for the Amsterdam Film & TV section.


Writing Subtext – Linda Seger

Partly a how-to book, partly an exploration of this important topic, Writing Subtext explores all the underlying meanings that lie beneath the words, images, and actions in film, which are also applicable to any kind of fiction writing. Replete with examples from films, as well as examples from real life, Writing Subtext helps the writer figure out how to find and write subtext.

The Coffee Break Screenwriter: Writing Your Script Ten Minutes at a Time – Pilar Alessandra

A leading Hollywood screenwriting instructor shows anyone who’s ever wanted to write a screenplay how to do it 10 minutes at a time.

Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make It Great – William M. Akers

A lifetime member of the Writer’s Guild of America who has had three feature films produced from his screenplays, Akers offers beginning writers the tools they need to get their screenplay noticed.

The Story Solution: 23 Actions All Great Heroes Must Take – Eric Edson

Eric Edson has developed a new tool for bringing depth and passion to any screenplay – the ’23 Steps All Great Heroes Must Take.’ It’s an easy to understand paradigm that provides writers and filmmakers the interconnecting, powerful storytelling elements they need. With true insight, a master teacher of screenwriting pinpoints the story structure reasons most new spec scripts don’t sell; then uses scores of examples from popular hit movies to present, step by step, his revolutionary Hero Goal Sequences blueprint for writing blockbuster movies.

Into the Woods : a Five Act Journey into Story – John Yorke

We all love stories. Many of us love to tell them, and even dream of making a living from it too. But what is a story? Hundreds of books about screenwriting and storytelling have been written, but none of them ask ‘Why?’ Why do we tell stories? And why do all stories function in an eerily similar way? This book deals with these questions.

Story : Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting – Robert Mckee

‘Story’ deciphers the guiding structural principles that animate every classical and award-winning film, ranging from ‘Citizen Kane’ through to modern acclaimed works like ‘The English Patient’.

Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter’s Guide to Every Story Ever Told – Blake Snyder

In the long-awaited sequel to his surprise bestseller, Save the Cat!, author and screenwriter Blake Snyder returns to form in a fast-paced follow-up that proves why his is the most talked-about approach to screenwriting in years. In the perfect companion piece to his first book, Snyder delivers even more insider’s information gleaned from a 20-year track record as ?one of Hollywood’s most successful spec screenwriters, ? giving you the clues to write your movie. Designed for screenwriters, novelists, and movie fans, this book gives readers the key breakdowns of the 50 most instructional movies from the past 30 years. From M*A*S*H to Crash, from Alien to Saw, from 10 to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Snyder reveals how screenwriters who came before you tackled the same challenges you are facing with the film you want to write ? or the one you are currently working on.

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers – Christopher Vogler & Michele Montez

See why this book has become an international best seller and a true classic. The Writer’s Journey explores the powerful relationship between mythology and storytelling in a clear, concise style that’s made it required reading for movie executives, screenwriters, playwrights, scholars, and fans of pop culture all over the world. The updated and revised third edition provides new insights and observations from Vogler’s ongoing work on mythology’s influence on stories, movies, and man himself.