A few more books you might consider reading.
Now, at the risk of doing down ‘The Seven Basic Plots’ let me say its a well-written book which is more suitable to a university course than a handy guide to writing. Other than that…
up of the list is
The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Writers (Karl Iglesias) – some really useful insights into how to improve your writing from the reflections of those at the chalk face.
The 21st Century Screenplay (Linda Aronson) – everything that is not 3 Act structure. I found its tips and advice helpful when writing a biographical screenplay. Deserving of its place on any book shelf.
The Writer’s Journey (Christopher Bolger) – a must read but set aside some space in between as there is a lot to take in.
Just Effing Entertain Me (Julie Gray) – invaluable advice from someone who knows the industry and how to make your script a hot sizzle on the barbecue rather than a damp squib in the sink.
The Anatomy of Story (John Truby) – this book offers interesting insights and thinking that some may find overly prescriptive but well worth a read as there’s a lot of good teaching within it.
Til next time….