All would-be writers should read this book, even if they're not interested specifically in screenwriting, which is of course its primary focus. Battles to get your words through committees exist in all fields of commercial publishing, and the same rules that make a compelling screenplay work are applicable to all stories, be they fiction or non-fiction, print publications, film, or television. Always find your spine and be prepared to throw out anything that doesn't stick to it, Goldman writes; that simple rule is the most useful thing anyone ever told me about writing, ever.
Wendy M. Grossman
--freelance journalist and author