A review by crufts
Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting, by Robert McKee
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.
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