Writing Screenplays that Sell by Michael Hauge
Writing Screenplays that Sell is not only a must-read for screenwriters but any serious writer striving to perfect storytelling. After Syd Field's Screenplay, no other screenwriting book played a greater role in my development. Finding this book when it was released in the late '80s was nothing short of a godsend.
"No one is better than Michael Hauge," said Will Smith, "at finding what is most authentic in every moment of a story."
There are five essential books that every person who wants to write screenplays should read. One of them is Writing Screenplays That Sell, and the other four don’t matter. --Terry Rossio, screenwriter
While some writers outside Hollywood scoff at the idea of studying a book written for screenwriters, I included three books on writing screenplays because the storytelling methods taught by these Hollywood giants apply to all storytelling forms. Michael Hauge is a relentless teacher who offers a variety of workshops. If you get an opportunity, I recommend participating in one of Hauge's workshops. He's one of the best in the business and every writer will benefit from studying under a person who understand story structure as well as anybody.
A Story Master
Michael Hauge is not a mere storyteller, but a story master. Hauge's goal is to make storytelling easier for anybody who has a story to tell. He works with writers and aspiring writers one-on-one, through books and recordings, delivers keynote speeches, and through workshops for writers and filmmakers. Besides writers, business people, lawyers, speakers, and others participate in the workshops. If you have a story to tell, Hauge can help tell it better. In fact, he will help you show, not tell.
Why does every kind of writer, and even non-writers, turn to Michael Hauge for storytelling guidance. As a top script consultant and author for nearly four decades, He has worked with Tom Cruise, Reese Witherspoon, Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Will Smith, and over 70,000 people worldwide.