In this great essay, Jonathan Zimmerman talks about his accumulation of screenwriting craft books over the years. As I read it, I recognized a lot of myself. No, I don’t have the 25 books that Jonathan does, but I do have my fair share. Although I must point out that most of mine deal with ideas of story structure and development that are applicable to other forms of writing. The most valuable being Robert McKee’s Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting. Really, if you are a writer of fiction–no matter what style–you should get that book and read it with a fine-toothed comb.
But I digress.