Reading about Writing – Index
I have posted briefly before about books on screenwriting but I thought it might be interesting to delve further into some of the books on my shelf.
The worth of said books is a question that is posed regularly on forums by writers and the debate rages long and hard. I don’t intend to fuel the debate as to whether reading about writing is a good or a bad thing – I think everyone has to make their own mind up – but I just thought it might be helpful to share my thoughts on these books (and aspects of them that I found useful or interesting) to help you decide whether YOU should read them; everyone is different and we all have different ways of learning.
These aren’t “reviews” as such, and I won’t be telling you whether you should or shouldn’t buy a particular book.
It would be great to hear from you if you have found a particular book, or aspect of a book, helpful in developing your writing process/technique or even if you have found something that was not so helpful. But please don’t comment purely to say something is “rubbish”.
And so, without further ado, what better place to start than the very popular:
- Save the Cat – Blake Snyder
- The Screenwriter’s Bible – Dave Trottier
- Dan O’Bannon’s Guide to Screenplay Structure
- The Writer’s Journey – Christopher Vogler
- 500 Ways to beat the Hollywood Script-Reader & How not to Write a Screenplay
- Stephen King: On Writing