- The Tools of Screenwriting, by David Howard
- Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach, by Joseph Gulino (My Favorite)
However, USC students also inevitably read the two most popular screenwriting books.
Reading books on screenwriting can be very helpful, especially reading the beat by beat analyses of individual films. However, always remember that the analysis of successful films is not the same process as the creation of a compelling scripts. Screenplay Guru Robert McKee is a genius at analysis, but he is not a himself a screenwriter.
All books, blogs and screenplay instructors can offer are maps. But the maps are not the territory. A screenplay is not something that you engineer according to rules or even principles. You're story is something that you discover, like an archaeologist searching for an ancient long-buried city. All books, blogs and instructors can do is give you advice about where do dig.
- Truly Free Film (by producer Ted Hope)