Now of course there are some seminal favorites, like Syd Field’s “Screenplay” and Blake Snyder’s “Save the Cat” but what books on screenwriting have really helped you to mine your talent and write a screenplay?
I’ve always been partial to William Froug’s “Screenwriting Tricks of the Trade.” It was my first book on screenwriting and really blew me away when I read it.
I recently read “Writing Movies for Fun and Profit” but Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and I really liked that one, too. While it doesn’t really delve into the mechanics of writing a screenplay, it’s a humorous look into the machinations of Hollywood and how to navigate the needs that filmmakers want in a screenwriter.
I’m very interested in what some of your picks are!