Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting
By William Goldman
Why this book?
If you don’t know William Goldman, trust me, you know his work on screen: The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, Misery, and Marathon Man, to name just a few.
William Goldman knows about writing, and although much of this book focuses on his Hollywood (mis)-adventures, there’s plenty of gold nuggets for writers of all stripes. In particular, the critique his Hollywood pals give him on a short screen story is a master class in dramaturgy and criticism. Come for the Robert Redford stories, stay for the lessons in writing.
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