Developing Creative Discipline – part 11

September 3, 2020
Bob Eckhard

Hi all,

Hot on the heels of finding time to write, we consider the value of reading. This week – the importance of books that will help you to become a better writer. Interestingly, three of the books (in the photo) are on film director Ron Howard’s list of ‘must reads’ for his Directing Masterclass – fancy that? If you know which ones, why not post your answers below the post on Facebook or (if reading on Twitter)  post as a tweet.

Okay, now let me add these are just a few of the books which I have found useful in advancing my understanding of screenwriting – I will follow up with more books in the next post or three. In the meantime, in the photo above, moving left to right we have:

Screenplay (Syd Field) – a solid book that will help you understand story craft and structure.

Making a good script great (Linda Seger) – a fantastic book that needs to be read cover to cover such is the depth or writing and editing insight offered.

The Art of Dramatic Writing (Lajos Egri) – this will lay a foundation of how premise and key question are the fundamentals and develop it from there.

The Negative Trait Thesaurus (Ackerman and  Puglisi) – invaluable resource  to aid your research and decision making about what character flaw to use and why.

One Hundred Ways to Improve your Writing (Gary Provost) – a book that will help develop a writing habit but also advance the way you do it as you develop your craft.

While there are no hard and fast rules  (for myself) I do try and read a t least three screenwriting books a year though (I’m a light weight and) you can do better.


Til next time….


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