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5 Reasons Why Any New Screenwriter Should Read: “Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting”

If you’re a new screenwriter (or someone who wants to start writing screenplays), “Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting” by Syd Field is the best manual for writing a screenplay.


Here’s are 5 reasons why:


1. Unlock the Secrets of Successful Screenwriting

  • Provides detailed analysis of three-act structure

  • It’s not a formula

  • It’s a way of understanding story & character development

  • Uses popular films to illustrate points

  • Easy for new writers to apply the concepts

2. Elevate Your Characters, Dialogue, and Pacing

  • Provides tips for pacing & scene construction

  • And for writing effective dialogue & plot structure

  • Detailed guidance on crafting believable & compelling characters

3. Navigating The Business Side of Screenwriting

  • Details film roles and responsibilities

  • Guidance on how to find your target audience

  • Identify market trends

  • Advice on dealing with rejection & staying motivated


4. Finding Your Unique Voice & Style

  • Emphasizes understanding principles vs. following the rules

  • Encourages writers to be creative

  • To identify your own unique voice & style

  • Stresses importance of rewriting & revising

  • Encourages being flexible & open to feedback

5. Organizing & Implementing Your Writing Process

  • Tips for setting goals, staying organized, and rewriting

  • Strategies for establishing a writing schedule

  • Acknowledges resistance

  • Shares ways to overcome them


I can’t recommend this book enough. It was the first one I read (and remains my go-to).


If you’re a new screenwriter (or someone who wants to start writing screenplays)


➡️ Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field is a must-read.


It’s informative and easy to understand. It’s inspiring and motivating, which is crucial for every new screenwriter. What books do you recommend for new screenwriters?


See you tomorrow. Matt Cici


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