The Screenwriting Books I Couldn't Live Without
Okay, that's a little overly dramatic. I probably should've called the post: The Books That Made Me Feel Like I Know What I'm Doing. As you can see, that's not quite as "snappy".
When I started getting into screenwriting I went on a mass book-buying, course-enrolling spree that made me feel like I was lost in the middle of a jungle with no map, no compass and no idea.
These books made things "click" inside my head:
- "The Writer's Journey" by Christopher Vogler;
- "The Hero With A Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell; and
- "The Screenwriter's Bible" by David Trottier.
The first two focus on character and structure. Once you've read them, you'll understand what a complete story is. The third one is, as the title suggests, a bible for formatting and drafting an industry standard screenplay. It's the book that you go to when you have a "stupid question" like: how do I format a scene from one person's point of view? Or: how do I write dialogue for a character talking through the phone to a chicken? Things like that.