The list author says: "Although with its narrative descriptions of what the camera sees, screenwriting is closer to novel writing than playwriting, the aspiring screenwriter might do worse than practice writing a play or two for the stage before writing for the screen in order to hone the techniques of effective dialogue and the motivated entrance and exit--two problems that plague screenwriters within scenes as well as stage-play writers. Writing a screenplay can help novelists and stage-play writers improve their craft as well. Of course, reading good screenplays as well as seeing good films is essential. The Newmarket Shooting Script Series, for example, presents such scripts well."
"Take Aristotle’s Poetics. Add some depth psychology (soul-study) from Carl Jung. Combine with some mythic theory from Joseph Campbell. Meditate. Creates an insightful method for the analysis of story-myth. Best served hot. Also good chilled. Makes a hearty serving that should please all writers and their muses."
"Since there is more than one path up the mountain of creativity, we can learn what is best for us from reading texts that map out different approaches. With Linda Seger, we are shown different approaches well by the same author. Hence, I am going to recommend several of her books."
"If you are wondering how to put it all together or how to develop your story organically, here is one of the most advanced and sophisticated methods. There is also a hardback and software. I recommend either in paper or hardcover. Please ignore Truby's digs in the Introduction against Aristotle. Truby is, in fact, analytical and Aristotelian, which is one of the reasons he is worth reading."
"Like Christopher Keane and Linda Seger, Robert McKee is a fine teacher. His approach synthesizes conflict and mythic theory. Like John Truby's book, this ample textbook is a highly advanced and yet practical how-to-write-a-story analysis."