Great interview from myPDFscripts with Bob DeRosa, the screenwriter behind Killers and The Air I Breathe.
In the interview, Bob talks about the books that he found most helpful when getting started as a writer:
I read Syd Field’s stuff, which hammered home the three-act stuff, but that’s all I got from his books. I loved Michael Hauge’s Writing Screenplays that Sell. Understanding that every character or subplot had it’s own arc was vital information. But my fave book at the time was Cynthia Whitcomb’s Selling Your Screenplay. It was the only book that really showed what it was like to be a working writer. Her story is amazing and every writer should read her stuff. There’s no “seven-figure spec sale out of nowhere” story there. It’s all about hard work and dedication. Her story taught me that writing is not glamorous, it is a career and if you want to do it for a living, than you better be ready for the long haul.