by Angela Bourassa At his recent STORY Seminar in Los Angeles, Robert McKee talked quite a bit about the inciting incident. The inciting incident is the moment in your story where your main character's life goes out of balance. It's the moment when their life gets flipped upside down, forcing them to make a choice.... Continue Reading →
by Angela Bourassa I walk into the conference hall at about 8:50 – the first lecture is supposed to start at 9:00 – and almost every seat is already taken. Two hundred or so attendants chatter in subdued voices, set up their laptops, get out their notepads, and cradle their Starbucks in their chilly hands.... Continue Reading →
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) [Robert McKee will be holding his world-famous STORY seminar in Los Angeles on October 9-11, 2015. For more information, including registration, visit mckeestory.com] In the second installment of this two-part interview, I continue my discussion on story’s past, present, and future with the man who literally wrote the book on the subject – Robert... Continue Reading →
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) [Robert McKee will be holding his world-famous STORY seminar in Los Angeles October 9-11, 2015. For more information, including registration, visit mckeestory.com] Robert McKee has become synonymous with the word "story." He is the most sought after screenwriting lecturer in the world. A Fulbright scholar, his students have included over 60 Academy... Continue Reading →
All writing is discipline, but screenwriting is a drill sergeant.
Robert McKee's team recently shared an excerpt from his book about scenes and what they should accomplish. It's excellent advice, though very hard to follow. McKee wrote: “A SCENE is an action through conflict in more or less continuous time and space that turns the value-charged condition of a character’s life on at least one value with... Continue Reading →
Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure.
If the story you're telling is the story you're telling, you're in deep shit.
Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.
When talented people write badly, it’s generally for one of two reasons: Either they’re blinded by an idea they feel compelled to prove or they’re driven by an emotion they must express. When talented people write well, it is generally for this reason: They’re moved by a desire to touch the audience.