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Top Tomes on Creative Writing

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:17 PM
STORY

 

Poetics, Aristotle

Story, Robert McKee

The Anatomy of Story, John Truby

The Way of Story, Catherine Ann Jones

The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler

Stealing Fire from the Gods, James Bonnet

Myth & the Movies, Stuart Voytilla

 

 

PLAYS

 

The Art of Dramatic Writing, Lajos Egri

Writing Dialogue for Scripts, Rib Davis

 

 

SCREENPLAYS

 

Screenplay, Syd Field

The Screenwriter’s Workbook, Syd Field

Essentials of Screenwriting, Richard Walter

Lew Hunter’s Screenwriting 434, Lew Hunter

Making a Good Script Great, Linda Seger

Making a Good Writer Great, Linda Seger

Advanced Screenwriting, Linda Seger

Creating Unforgettable Characters, Linda Seger

How to Write A Selling Screenplay, Christopher Keane

Writing Screenplays That Sell, Michael Hauge

Save the Cat, Blake Snyder

The Screenwriter’s Bible, David Trottier

Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman

Which Lie Did I Tell?, William Goldman

 


FICTION

 

20 Master Plots, Ronald Tobias

45 Master Characters, Victoria Schmidt

Aspects of the Novel, E. M. Forster

Writing the Breakout Novel, Donald Maass

The Fire in Fiction, Donald Maass

Hooked, Les Edgerton


Aristotle wrote of drama (theatre, specifically) as there was no such thing as a novel (or film, obviously) in his ancient world. His story principles are therefore most applicable to that writing genre, and have been staunchly refuted for the fiction category (by E.M. Forster, among others). Of note is the fact that certain sections of the work do not survive antiquity, but these missing parts do not detract from the overall tenor of his argument.


The classic works are more scholarly and erudite, products of their era such as the oeuvres of Egri and Forster. In terms of the modern books, a wide range of perspectives are offered from working screenwriters like Goldman and Snyder, to university professors like Hunter and Walter, to literary agents like Maass.

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