Writing Craft Books

Stories all have the same structure – a beginning, a middle, and an end – whether you are writing a novel or a screenplay. These books are a mix of both, but the craft of one format can be applied to the other. I have included some classics and a  books I have read over the last couple of years. Enjoy!

Screenplay by Syd Field

Save the Cat: the Last Book on Screenwriting You Will Ever Need by Blake Snyder

Save the Cat Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriters Guide to Every Story Ever Told by Blake Snyder

Prewriting Your Screenplay: A Step by Step Guide to Generating Stories by Michael Tabb

Writing the Pilot by William Rabkin

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Hallmark! Writing a Made-for-TV Christmas Movie: The Unofficial Guide by Heather Hughes & Kate Wharton

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Screenwriters by Chris Vogler

The Heroine’s Journey: For Writers, Readers, & Fans of Pop Culture by Gail Carriger

Write Your Hero: How to Create Fan-Favorite Protagonists, from Heroines to Anti-Heroes and More by Lewis Jorstad

Three Story Method: Foundations of Fiction by J. Thorn & Zach Bohannon

Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels by Gwen Hayes

The Dialogue Doctor Will See You Now: How to Write Dialogue and Characters Readers Will Love by Jeff Elkins

Intuitive Editing: A Creative & Practical Guide to Revising Your Writing by Tiffany Yates Martin

Your Author Business

How to Make Living with Your Writing by Joanna Penn

On Good Authority: 7 Steps to Prepare, Promote and Profit from a How-to Book That Makes You the Go-to Expert by Anna David

Newsletter Ninja: How to Become an Author Mailing List Expert by Tammi Labrecque

This is Personal: The Art of Delivering the Right Email at the Right Time by Brennan Dunn

Organization & Productivity

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear


Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi

Personality Isn’t Permanent: Break Free From Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story by Benjamin Hardy

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield