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First Draft: 14 Screenwriting Books Every Screenwriter Should Read

First Draft: 14 Screenwriting Books Every Screenwriter Should Read

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How Not To Write a Screenplay (Denny Martin Flinn)

Some of the opinions and perspectives will resonate with you and your process, others will not. The variety is the key.

This book is one of the most underappreciated screenwriting books in the business. Written by Denny Martin Flinn, an experienced studio script reader, the book details the common rookie mistakes that drive script readers crazy.

Screenwriters must always remember that early on in one’s screenwriting journey, you’re writing primarily for script readers—interns, assistants, story analysts, competition readers, and yes, studio script readers. It’s a vital part of the process to learn the little mistakes that these people see over and over and over as they read hundreds of screenplays. You want to keep them happy, don’t you?

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