Last-minute reminder to download all the Oscar screenplays before the Academy Awards — they’ll be taken down soon. Happy reading!
Archive | Books on Screenwriting
Dunne: The story is the journey for truth. The plot is the road it takes to get there.
I’ve just started reading Peter Dunne’s “Emotional Structure: Creating the Story Beneath the Plot” and it’s giving me a lot to think about. Dunne writes in Know Your Story, Know Your Plot, Know the Difference: When we think about great stories, about great movies, we remember first and foremost about whom the story is told. […]
The Script Reader’s Top 10 Screenplay “Dos”
The following is a very basic list of items that get my attention as a script reader. If your script addresses each of these points, you’re probably doing a good job. I will be excited to read your script. So, here we go, a list of my top 10 screenplay “dos” when reading: DO keep […]
The Script Reader’s Top 5 Screenplay “Do Nots”
The following is a very basic list of items that do not impress me as a script reader and, more often than not, will get your script a resounding pass. If your script contains any of these points, consider rewriting before sending out. So, here we go, a list of my top 5 screenplay peeves […]
Blake Snyder, 1952-2009
Blake Snyder, author of Save the Cat and a great screenwriting teacher, passed away on August 4 from a pulmonary embolism. We’ve lost someone within our community who was a champion of and hero to the young writer. To read more about Blake and his teachings, please click here.
The Screenwriting Reading List: The Must-Have Books That Will Help You Write Better
Here is my basic reading list for screenwriters. I have included a brief paragraph in each instance as to what specifically I got from each of these books and how they can help you. Of course, each of us learns differently, but I would consider all of these books must-haves for your personal library. The […]