What are the best books about screenwriting?

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    #1The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script

    The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script

    The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script (4th Edition) is a compilation of 6 books that offer screenwriting fundamentals, sample scenes, and useful explanations.

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    Jane Bennett
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I bought The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script because I am interested in writing. I would like to compose a novel or autobiography, and The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script has proven very helpful. I experienced why The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script is the best book about screenwriting."
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    #2Essentials of Screenwriting

    Essentials of Screenwriting
    In Essentials of Screenwriting. Hollywood's premier teacher of screenwriting, Richard Walter, explains the essentials for writing and selling successful screenplays.
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    Eduardo Velázquez
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a good book for those who want to get into or learn more about screen-writing. It gives you pretty much all the information you would need."
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    #3Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach

    Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach

    Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach authored by Paul Joseph Gulino is a nonfiction book geared towards writing a screenplay with the aim of sustaining audience involvement from the first to last page.

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    Ryan Barnes
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "An interesting approach to screenwriting that gave me a lot of ideas and food for thought. Very much worth your time, but be warned that the print is rather small, so you might need to bring your reading glasses. "
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    #4How Not to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make

    How Not to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make

    How Not to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make by Denny Martin Flinn is nonfiction reference book that will tell you the do's and don't's of screenwriting and how to avoid mistakes.

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    Israel Zamora
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I was looking for books about screenwriting and sometimes knowing what not to do is a good start. The book looks like it goes through different mistakes that people make that are common when writing a screenplay. "
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    #5Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays

    Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays

    Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays is a nonfiction reference book authored by Lucy V. Hay that revolves around the ins and outs of thriller writing and how screenplay might be marketed to investors and other realities of film finance.

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    Pamela Estrada
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Screenwriting is a tricky thing to master. There's all the jargon, proper formatting, etc. that folks wouldn't normally think of. This author knows her stuff, being a script reader and editor, so she should be able to guide you through writing a thriller movie of your very own with ease."
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    #636 Dramatic Situations

    36 Dramatic Situations
    36 Dramatic Situations is a nonfiction reference book written by Georges Polti that is geared towards helping aspiring authors and screenwriters by presenting dramatic situations that could arise in a story.
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    Paul Ray
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "36 Dramatic Situations is an exceptional book for those who are trying to learn about the process of screenwriting. Georges Polti gives you an inside and professional look into screenwriting and will help you master all techniques necessary. You must read this book today!"
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    #7The Joke's On You: How to Write Comedy

    The Joke's On You: How to Write Comedy

    The Joke's On You: How to Write Comedy by Stephen Hoover is a comprehensive nonfiction reference book for comedy writing. It presents the history of comedy and theories that covers comedy writing in all forms.

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    Roger Meyer
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is a well-written and well conceived guide book to be be read all the way through and then saved so you can refer back to it again as a useful resource. Good information if you are interested in the whys and hows of comedy."
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    #8Story

    Story
    Story, by Robert McKee presents the concepts he teaches in his famous seminars, considered a must by industry insiders, on how to craft powerful scripts for the screen.
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    Joshua Valdez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Story, by Robert McKee presents the concepts he teaches in his famous seminars, considered a must by industry insiders, on how to craft powerful scripts for the screen. this is a perfect book for you if you want to do screenwriting. "
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    #9Screenplay

    Screenplay
    Screenplay, by the celebrated producer, lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author Syd Field, offers a fresh insider's perspective on the film industry. From concept to finished script, this book will help screenwriters master their art.
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    Albert Fisher
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "offers a fresh insider's perspective on the film industry this is educative"
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    #10The Starter Screenplay: Client Edition

    The Starter Screenplay: Client Edition
    The Starter Screenplay: Client Edition authored by Adam Levenberg is a nonfiction and reference book that unveils the rules of the entertainment industry and helps new screenwriters correct common mistakes.
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    Judy Peterson
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This was well written. I think that this is a well written and informative book. I learned a lot about the entertainment industry. I will definitely utilize this information."
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