From time to time I post downloadable files for friends of common interests. A lot of wonderful people in Dana Point are, like me, wondering if they've got what it takes to do some creative writing. We struggle to learn the tricks of the trade through sharing experience and critiques, and sometimes benefit from the experience of writers who sit down and try to write about the process. The following items were mostly available at pdfshare, a highly recommended archive out of print pdf books from around the Internet. Feel free to forward contributions of free to share material as you run across things.
- Brooks, Larry, Story Engineering: Mastering 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing.
- Brooks, Larry, Story Physics: Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling.
- Egri, Lajos, The Art of Dramatic Writing.
- McKee, Robert, Dialog: The Art of Verbal Action for the page, stage, and screen.
- McKee, Robert: S-T-O-R-Y: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting.
- Truby, John, The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller.
- Vogler, Christoperh: The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 2nd Edition.
- Vogler, Christopher, The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition.
Then there is Strunk & White's 1918 proof that very old books can be absolutely up to date. The author's focus on plain English style and grammar have stood the tests of time. For us slow learners, their focused and condensed style provides critical reminders of the rules we should know before breaking them.
- Strunk, William Jr. & White, E.B. The Elements of Style, 1st Edition 1918.