I don’t write screenplays, but a lot of this information is still applicable to writing a good novel. I especially appreciated how he broke down all the different components, or beats, of a good story and explained how to successfully portray (or not) those segments.
Some of the examples felt obscure and meant nothing to me, but there was a lot here that was applicable. I was less interested in the end of the book, which is more about selling yourself and your ideas, but the whole stretch in the middle on story structure was helpful and appealing.
I’ll take some of the comments about selling with a grain of salt, since I don’t currently write for that purpose, but even despite that, many of his best ways to sell a story are tied to having a decent story in the first place, which is something that is relevant to anyone who wants to write a good story.
I’m currently editing/rewriting one of my previous sci-fi novels, so I think I’m going to compare my story to his structure and double check for all the beats, as well as an emotional change and conflict in every scene, as those suggestions all resonated with me. We will see how it goes. I am sure it definitely can’t hurt, and I suspect it will actually help.
Book 111 read in 2018