The best books for elevating your screenwriting career

Julian Friedmann Author Of Make Money Screenwriting Vol 1: Creative Strategies
By Julian Friedmann

The Books I Picked & Why

Writing for Television: Series, Serials and Soaps

By Yvonne Grace

Writing for Television: Series, Serials and Soaps

Why this book?

There are numerous books on writing for TV but Yvonne’s book is eminently practical covering the basics and also the more complex and nuanced aspects like the relationship between writers and script editors. Given the importance of the streamers writing for TV is more important than ever.


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The Science of Writing Characters: Using Psychology to Create Compelling Fictional Characters

By Kira-Anne Pelican

The Science of Writing Characters: Using Psychology to Create Compelling Fictional Characters

Why this book?

A wonderful book that looks at the psychological bases for the development of sophisticated characters in screenplays. Don’t be afraid of writing complex characters: they are more effective in engaging the audience and this book will help you achieve that.


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Writing & Selling Drama Screenplays

By Lucy V. Hay

Writing & Selling Drama Screenplays

Why this book?

Lucy is a screenwriter and script consultant and has created a whole eco-system around supporting writers, with frequent blogs, courses, newsletters, and consistently good advice. It is almost like having a writing partner.


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The Filmmakers' Legal Guide

By Tony Morris

The Filmmakers' Legal Guide

Why this book?

Aimed at filmmakers, this guide is also invaluable to screenwriters, who can use it as a reference book covering all the contracts that are involved in making a film or TV drama. It will certainly help writers appear more professional if they know their way around this essential area of the business.


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Writing Screenplays That Sell, New Twentieth Anniversary Edition: The Complete Guide to Turning Story Concepts into Movie and Television Deals

By Michael Hauge

Writing Screenplays That Sell, New Twentieth Anniversary Edition: The Complete Guide to Turning Story Concepts into Movie and Television Deals

Why this book?

No-nonsense book about what makes a good script. Writers find it particularly difficult avoiding flashbacks and voice-overs, and can’t always find ways of showing rather than telling. Michael demonstrates how to build the obstacles so your sympathetic character has increasing problems battling against the odds before they finally achieve their goal.


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