Learn More. True character is expressed in the choices human beings make under pressure. Now, more than ever, we must keep our artistic fires burning. In these challenging times, Robert McKee has decided to bring his teaching to you.
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Preview — Story by Robert McKee. Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all fl Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track.
Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience. No one better understands how all the elements of a screenplay fit together, and no one is better qualified to explain the "magic" of story construction and the relationship between structure and character than Robert McKee.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. A superb book that illuminates the purpose of writing stories and the most effective approach to penning tales that transcend the ordinary.
View all 9 comments. Sep 08, A. I think this is the first time where I read a book solely based off a scene in a movie. Lines like, "You cannot have a protagonist without desire! It doesn't make sense! For those of you who don't know anything about Robert McKee, he's the writing tea I think this is the first time where I read a book solely based off a scene in a movie.
For those of you who don't know anything about Robert McKee, he's the writing teacher you wished you had all those years when you were sitting around listening to some other flaccid asshole mumble nonsense about Freudian tropes and postmodern deconstructionism when all you wanted to know was why the hell you were reading a thirty-page story about a guy counting raindrops on a window.
Successful playwrights, screenwriters, and novelists across the globe have made him a fascinating staple of the fiction community. His premise is pretty simple: storytelling has gone to hell for a number of reasons, but one of them is that we no longer teach the fundamentals of story construction. We learn about books from the outside in, never the inside out. There's a reason works like Hamlet, Casablanca, and Star Wars all have an endearing quality.
They all have something in common. And that something is story. But at risk of sounding like a cultist, I'll forego summarizing his whole approach and simply mention a few things. If you're looking for the answer to the question of What makes good writing, keep looking, because it isn't here.
McKee doesn't claim he can polish a turd into Dune, but he can provide you with a very practical way to examine your own work, and a way to think about your story that puts things in perspective. If you happen to be in the editing stages of a project and just can't seem to figure out what's missing, you might find some useful tools here to see your way through.
Whether or not you buy into McKee's 'system,' you can't argue his passion. This is a book filled to the brim with insight, heart, and common sense. McKee talks Story from the heights of Shakespeare to the grit of Reservoir Dogs, discussing what works for every form of storytelling, why it works that way, and how a prospective writing talent can tap into forms, not formulas, that have worked for centuries. And he loves it all, what's more.
I can't claim any sort of midnight conversion. I haven't given my heart to McKee. But I sure as hell would shake his hand and say, Thank you, sir, for being one of few people who talks about the single, unarguable, undeniable, Lord-on-high most important part of writing: telling a story. A good one. A very useful book. If you give a hoot about storytelling, I'd suggest you give it a glance. View all 4 comments. It took me six months, but I finally, finished this bitch.
The reason it took me six months was that Story is incredibly dense, and in the best possible way. If you want to understand what makes for a good story, and how and why they work, this is the book to read. But you'll need to read it slow because this is the kind of dense where you'll want to stop and think about what you just read after every few pages to make sure it really sinks in.
Though oriented primarily towards screenwriting, YES! Though oriented primarily towards screenwriting, the material is universal enough to address other storytelling mediums as well. In fact, I actually think it covers stagewriting more effectively than a lot of other books I've read about writing for the stage. Or maybe that's just because Mr. McKee says all the same things I said back to my professors when they critiqued my plays in stupid ways.
But whateva. Read it. View 2 comments. Apr 12, Spencer Orey rated it it was amazing Shelves: writing-books-and-other-tools. Aimed at aspiring screenwriters but with a ton for everyone else too. It makes a strong argument about an approach to writing that's really clear and seems possible. There's a slightly dated tone that comes across as kind of art bro'y, but if you can get past that there's some gold here.
It's also the rare writing book where I learned something major in every chapter. I almost wish there was a companion volume of other writers talking about this book. Seems like it warrants some big dis Excellent. Seems like it warrants some big discussions.
Aug 17, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: writing , literature , language , education. In a past life I did a professional writing degree for my undergraduate BA — half of which was in script writing. I wish we had been taught the stuff that is contained in this book. This is such a good book it is hard to praise it too highly. The advice is clear and all of it good. From avoiding adverbs and adjectives in your treatment to the psychology of interesting characters this book has many very important things to say to anyone thinking about writing a screenplay or anything else, if yo In a past life I did a professional writing degree for my undergraduate BA — half of which was in script writing.
From avoiding adverbs and adjectives in your treatment to the psychology of interesting characters this book has many very important things to say to anyone thinking about writing a screenplay or anything else, if you ask me. The best of this is a quote from Hitchcock about his finishing writing the script for a film and then putting in the dialogue.
Hitchcock was fairly obsessed with this idea, saying somewhere that a good film is one where the sound could be turned off and you would still know what the film was about. Film is about images. Perhaps this is going a little too far although, too far is hardly far enough sometimes.
This book is at its best when it explains how scenes need to have beats and that these beats need to be the natural beats of emotion between characters in conflict and in change.
He explains this with reference to a number of films including one of my all time favourite films, China Town. Beats is a really interesting way to think about drama and I will use this stuff when teaching.
There is also wonderful stuff about writing films from the inside out — that is, get the story right before you get the scenes or dialogue right.
Because great films are so much more than great scenes.
Robert McKee - Story (El Guion)
Robert McKee born January 30, is an author , lecturer and story consultant who is widely known for his popular "Story Seminar  ", which he developed when he was a professor at the University of Southern California. McKee also has the blog and online writers' resource " Storylogue ". The 3-day seminar teaches writers the principles of storytelling. McKee's one-day " Genre Seminars" teach writers the conventions of different styles of storytelling including thriller , comedy , horror , love story , action story , and writing for television. Rather than teaching story as a "mechanical" form, McKee gained notoriety for teaching story principles, allowing writers for theater , novels , film and television freedom to apply them as they wish provided the story ultimately "works".
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