Reviews tagging Mental illness
crufts's review against another edition
I found the book entertaining, informative and insightful. With the audiobook only 6 hours long, it's also concise. I re-listen the book several times each year to remind myself of its principles, and often find myself suddenly inspired with story ideas and solutions as I listen.
So I strongly recommend this book.
However! My stories are cinematic-style, visually-based arc-plots - which are very much like the screenplays that Robert McKee is talking about. If you're instead trying to write a dense 600-page book full of internal monologues, you'll likely find his advice less relevant to you.
Graphic: Domestic abuse and Toxic relationship
Minor: Addiction, Adult/minor relationship, Alcoholism, Bullying, Child abuse, Cursing, Death, Emotional abuse, Grief, Incest, Mental illness, Physical abuse, Rape, Sexual content, Suicide, and TransphobiaThe book references several famous films to demonstrate the writing techniques. These films are the source of the minor content warnings above and are usually not described in great detail; even for sensitive readers, you're likely to get through these without problems. However, the very dark film "Chinatown" gets a very detailed description for a scene of domestic violence, with McKee using the scene to demonstrate how to get into your characters' heads. There is also a reference to incest (from "Chinatown" again) when McKee is explaining how to create compellingly evil characters. For sensitive readers, I would still recommend reading the book, but you may want to skip over this section when you get to it.