Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Robert McKee's 10 Story Commandments

Robert McKee's Story seminar's on my writer's bucket list.

But until I can get to New York to attend in person, I subscribe to his newsletter. Here's what was in the latest:

Robert McKee's 10 Commandments of STORY:
I.     Thou shalt respect thine audience.
II.    Thou shalt research.
III.   Thou shalt dramatize thine exposition.
IV.   Thou shalt layer a subtext under every text.
V.    Thou shalt create complex characters rather than merely complicated story.
VI.   Thou shalt use neither false mystery nor cheap surprise.
VII.  Thou shalt not use deus ex machina to get thine ending.
VIII. Thou shalt not make life easy for thine protagonist.
IX.   Thou shalt take thine story into the depth and breadth of human experience.
X.    Thou shalt not sleep with anyone who has more problems than thou.
Hm, the last one really had me wondering. If I ever get to the seminar, I'll ask Mr. McKee about it!

Meanwhile, here's a lesson by Robert McKee on dialogue.

7 comments:

Maria Zannini said...

#10 is good advice on so many levels.

Smart guy.

Cate Masters said...

Yes, it's great life advice. As far as writing, though, it would work better in a novel!

Isis Rushdan said...

I LOVED #10! Gave me the smile I needed.

Cate Masters said...

It really piques my curiosity, Isis. :)

Jon Sprunk said...

All good points (even the last one).

LD Masterson said...

I saved this one to look at again.

Cate Masters said...

Hey Jon! :)

Yes, LD, they bear repeating. Even the last one!