3 MUST Reads For Writting a Screenplay
There are many books that you could read that will have a lot of valuable information when writting a screenplay like “Save the Cat”, “Creating Character Arcs” or “The Hero’s Journey” but here we want to focus on 3 that we believe are the ones that after reading them you have a pretty accurate understanding of how to write a script.
These are books not to be read and left for decomposition on your shelf. These are books to be re-read, highlighted and revised periodically.
Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting, Robert Mckee
There are many books like it but this one is perfect for an introduction and first contact with the necessary terms of screenwriting.
After reading this book you’ll understand how many types of stories there are, types of story structure, scene design, composition, characters, what creates conflict, examples about this and methods which you can follow when writing to make your life easier.
I think that before judging a book for its cover it is even better to judge it by its index, by its contents.
So here I leave you an image of the page of contents of the book and judge for yourself.
Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller, John Truby
This book I find it is extremely useful when you are starting out writing screenplays and you are kind of lost of what the next step should be. This book is exactly 22 steps that you can do from start to finish to complete your screenplay.
The following are the 22 Steps:
- Self-Revelation, Need, Desire
- Ghost & Story world
- Weakness & Need
- Inciting Event
- Ally or Allies
- Opponent and/or Mystery
- Fake-ally Opponent
- First Revelation & Decision: Changed Desire & Motive
- Opponentu2019s Plan and Main Counterattack
- Attack by Ally
- Apparent Defeat
- Second Revelation & Decision: Obsessive Drive, Changed Desire & Motive
- Audience Revelation
- Third Revelation & Decision
- Gate, Gauntlet, Visit to Death
- Moral Decision
- New Equilibrium
Without knowing the content of each chapter or the meaning of one of the 22 steps you kind of are able to figure them out by context. It is a very simple and straightforward book that answers many of the doubts of the group led screenwriter.
This is a MUST read if you want to become a writer of any kind.
It is abook that award winning screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, always recommends as the book by excellence that any writer should read, re-read and highlight as many times throughout his lifetime as he can as it contains the basic principles of what constitutes a story.
It simply is a MUST.
In the book, Aristotle explains you what makes a story a story and why people need them and will always need them. It is very well written and in here you will understand why an audience needs certain elements for a story to truly work. And we are talking about a book hat was written in 335 BC and still works!!
So before writing your new screenplay consider these 3 books that will give you the necessary tips to write the best screenplay you can!