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Books I Have Read That Have Improved My Writing

A Listmania! list by L. Parmenter "Amateur tortured writer" (Outside London, UK)
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William Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare)
1.  William Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
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  "Drop quotes into conversation and appear intelligent."
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The Complete Dramatic Works of Samuel Beckett
2.  The Complete Dramatic Works of Samuel Beckett by Samuel Beckett
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  "Complete opposite of Shakespeare but equally challenging."
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Plays: "Ivanov", "The Seagull", "Uncle Vanya", "Three Sisters", "The Cherry Orchard" (Penguin Classics)
3.  Plays: "Ivanov", "The Seagull", "Uncle Vanya", "Three Sisters", "The Cherry Orchard" (Penguin Classics) by Anton Chekhov
The list author says:
  "Plays where nothing happens and yet everything happens."
5.59   Used & New from: 0.02
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Writing Dialogue for Scripts (Writing Handbooks)
4.  Writing Dialogue for Scripts (Writing Handbooks) by Rib Davis
The list author says:
  "Helpful in crafting realistic dialogue."
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Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes
5.  Novelist's Essential Guide to Crafting Scenes by Raymond Obstfeld
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  "Not just for novels. Useful in fleshing out scenes in screenplays."
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Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers
6.  Script Analysis for Actors, Directors, and Designers by James Thomas
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  "Hard going but makes you examing your own writing a lot more."
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Three Uses of the Knife (Diaries, Letters and Essays): On the Nature and Purpose of Drama
7.  Three Uses of the Knife (Diaries, Letters and Essays): On the Nature and Purpose of Drama by David Mamet
The list author says:
  "A bit steep in price considering it's length but a good read."
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Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting: A Step-by-Step Guide from Concept to finished Script
8.  Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting: A Step-by-Step Guide from Concept to finished Script by Syd Field
The list author says:
  "A classic. There are lots of books like this, read until structure is what you bleed when cut."
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The Power of the Playwright's Vision: Blueprints for the Working Writer
9.  The Power of the Playwright's Vision: Blueprints for the Working Writer by Gordon Farrell
The list author says:
  "Even more dramatic structure. A bit hard-going."
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Sarah Kane: Complete Plays (Methuen Contemporary Dramatists)
10.  Sarah Kane: Complete Plays (Methuen Contemporary Dramatists) by Sarah Kane
The list author says:
  "This changes everything."
10.49   Used & New from: 6.05
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Plays 1: Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Squirrels, American Buffalo, The Water Engine, Mr. Happiness
11.  Plays 1: Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Squirrels, American Buffalo, The Water Engine, Mr. Happiness by David Mamet
The list author says:
  "This is dialogue at its best."
14.99   Used & New from: 5.46
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