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The definitive authority,
This review is from: Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting (Methuen Film) (Paperback)
This book is a profoundly challenging textbook for anyone who thinks they have what it takes to write, for the screen or otherwise. It will stretch you, question you and make you work very hard to be the best you can be. If you're looking for something to reassure you that anyone can be a writer, this isn't the book for you. It sets unashamedly-high standards and McKee makes no apology for tearing down lazy, flaccid writers.
It is a book about the pursuit of a high art, and McKee expects you to keep up with him. This is arguably the best book out there and, if you're brave enough, it'll make you a better writer.
For myself, I now feel like my efforts before reading McKee's book was time spent in the dark. Required reading, I'd say.