Saturday, May 13, 2006

Tony Bradman’s Recommended Reading

Tony Bradman in his talk for the SCBWI-BI professional series on the 22nd September 2005, suggested several books that have helped him in his career as a writer. I decided to list these books in today’s blog, as they are relevant to the previous two entries.

These books are not books aimed at writing for children but are for all writers of any genre. A couple of the books I realised I already owned, being a bit of a writing book junkie and Tony Bradman’s recommendation of them prompted me to go and take another look at them. I have highlighted them in purple, just in case you were interested.

I have also provided links to Amazon just in case you were interested in finding out more about these books. Happy reading.

The Creative Writing Coursebook: Forty Authors Share Advice and Exercises for Fiction and Poetry edited by Julia Bell and Paul Mars (Pan, 2001)
“A comprehensive guide for improving story. Contributions from forty authors provide a generous pool of information, experience and advice.”
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The Forest for the Trees: An Editors’ Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner (Pan, 2002)
“Betsy Lerner is an editor turned agent and provides a true insider's perspective. Everything you could ever possibly want or need to know about story is here.”
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Story: Substance, Structure, style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee (Methuen, 1999)
“Robert McKee is a New York ‘don’t-mess-with-me’ type who runs a popular film structuring course. The techniques he suggests can be used in all writing and not just in writing screenplays.”
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Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilisation by Michael Tierno
“Tierno uses examples from some of the best films ever made to demonstrate how you can apply Aristotle's ancient insights to modern-day story.”
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Twenty Master Plots and How to Build Them by Ronald B. Tobias (Writer’s digest Books, 1994; Walking Stick Press, 2003)
“Gets you thinking about story. All the great stories can all be found in these plots.”
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The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler (Pan, 1999)
“One of the cornerstones of modern screenwriting theory. Vogler’s ideas have been used by a whole generation of story writers.”
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Tony also recommended that if you are truly interested in writing, whether it is for children or adults, you should take a look at the BBC website’s writing room:

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