Category Archives for Books on Writing

12 Best Writing Books For Writers

In this blog, 12 Best Writing Books For Serious Writers, I recommend my favorite writing books collected the past forty-plus years as an author and screenwriter. The order is debatable but the elite status of the listed writing gurus is indisputable. Every author and screenwriter should include these books in your writer’s toolbox.  The selected writing […]

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#1 Screenplay Book – Perfect Foundations of Screenwriting

Screenplay: Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd FieldScreenplay: Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field helped me more than any other book when I went on to write over 100 screenplays. When I was a teen and in my twenties, Syd Field, Dwight Swain, and Jack Bickham influenced me more than any other ten writing gurus. Somewhat surprising, […]

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Create a Dazzling Story by Robert McKee

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, & the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKeeStory by Robert McKee is one of twelve books most major writers have in their writing toolbox. Writers and filmmakers consider McKee one of the great teachers for substance, structure, style, dialogue, and all elements of storytelling. “To the people who write, direct and produce for Hollywood […]

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Save the Cat & Improve Your Writing

Save the Cat by Blake SnyderSave the Cat by Blake Snyder, a #1 bestseller for 15 years, is a worldwide must-read for screenwriters, but I recommend it for all types of storytellers. The more exposure writers have to the best storytelling teachers, the better writers we become. The producer of several hits including The Taking of […]

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How to Write Emotional Craft of Fiction

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface by Donald MaassIn The Emotional Craft of Fiction, Donald Maass teaches how to “engage your readers with emotion.” Do not most readers seek a deep emotional connection with a book? Perhaps, more than anything else, whether a reader connects with a book depends on […]

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Snowflake Method – Write Your Novel!

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson​​​​How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method is Randy Ingermanson’s brainchild; a creative, fun technique demonstrated in live, living color. I know Intermanson for his remarkable blog on cause and effect where he brilliantly summarizes the work of Dwight Stone and his […]

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Writing Screenplays & Storytelling Tricks – Michael Hauge

Writing Screenplays that Sell by Michael HaugeWriting Screenplays that Sell is not only a must-read for screenwriters but any serious writer striving to perfect storytelling. After Syd Field’s Screenplay, no other screenwriting book played a greater role in my development. Finding this book when it was released in the late ’80s was nothing short of a […]

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Scene and Structure: Gain Writers Edge with #1 Writing Book

Scene and Structure by Jack BickhamScene and Structure still resonates today as much as when Dr. Jack Bickham released in the early 1990’s. Dwight Swain’s greatest and brightest protege, Bickham blazed his own path in the literary world. As a distinguished professor and department head at the University of Oklahoma, Bickham taught the principles in […]

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Learn 34+ Tricks On Writing by Stephen King

Stephen KingOn Writing by Stephen KingOn Writing by Stephen King is memoir where the writing legend describes his writing journey, his technique, some pet peeves, and other author insight. The volume of Stephen King’s work surpasses perhaps any modern author when combining the number of pages written and the level of sustained quality. By pinning On […]

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How to Develop #1 Techniques of the Selling Writer

Dwight SwainTechniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight SwainPerhaps no book has influenced writing gurus and writers like Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain. The University of Oklahoma, where Swain taught and released his books, states, “This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.”Techniques of the Selling […]

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