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November 25, 2002

Robert McKee's "Life" as opposed to "Story"

I recently went to the Robert McKee "Story" three day seminar. Aimed at budding (and successful) screenwriters, it talks through the principles of narrative structure, what makes a plot fulfilling to the audience, and how best to translate it to the flawed medium of the screen.

It's fab, if extremely gruelling, and I'd thoroughly recommend it. Not least for some of the insights he gives into the creative process. Sometimes he's a bit of a grumpy old git - railing against the crassness of us young folk, but it's worth it.

One of the key philosophical points for me - and one I've taken to the heart of what I'm doing with music now - was about why we get stuck when writing.

You've got something you've made, and there are a set of key scenes/sounds/chord progressions/blobs of paint that you keep changing things around, but are so in love with that you can't do anything to.

Because you're to scared that if you change them, you won't be able to come up with anything better.

There's a lot in my life that's like that.

Posted by Tom Dolan at November 25, 2002 02:37 PM

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