The long-awaited follow-up to the perennially best-selling writers' guide Story, from the most sought-after expert in the art of storytelling.
Robert McKee's popular writing workshops have earned him an international reputation. The list of alumni with Oscars runs off the page. The cornerstone of his program is his singular book, Story, which has defined how we talk about the art of story creation.
Now, in Dialogue, McKee offers the same in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue.
Dialogue applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech. Famous McKee alumni include Peter Jackson, Jane Campion, Geoffrey Rush, Paul Haggis, the writing team for Pixar, and many others.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
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McKee hits all the angles with wit and insight, this book is a course that doesn't waste time. There's a tremendous amount of clarity, especially illustrative with fully acted examples. A must - read for all writers.
J. Jason Gale
I love "Story," McKee's book from 20 years ago. Of my 19 books on writing, this is in the top 3. I've listened to it over a dozen times to glean every ounce of wisdom I could from it. But I still had a few questions. I didn't catch the complete sense of every passage.
This new book, "Dialogue," is now my number one writing book with a bullet. First of all it cleared up those nagging mysteries from "Story." But that was just the beginning. It delves into the art of storytelling past the mechanicals and reveals the secrets of its heart.
One listening (and only the first of many) has transformed my writing of dialogue and my concept of story.
If you're a writer with any concerns that your writing isn't the best it could possibly be, do yourself a favor. Give "Dialogue" a listen.
Clear, direct, and concise. This is a book every writer should read and have in their personal library. Listening gave an added depth to the book. Overall, simply one of the best and most helpful books on the writing craft I've read.
Engrossing filled with detail beats, dialogue, scenes, positive emotional dialogue and negative to make beats, ending with a scene. Subscript, hidden in the dialogue to make the scene and story real and emotional to the audiance/reader. I've read it twice and will read it again soon.
I direct TV commercials.
Highly practical stuff.
I would say "The Art of Dramatic Writing," because Dialogue by McKee talks about core concepts of drama in simple ways.
"Every text condenses a subtext!" Just brilliant!
As a working TVC director, I immediately put Mckee's advice into use. It is very practical. I'm going to listen a second time now...it's so good!
Books like this should be read, so that confusing sections can be reread. Audio just doesn't work for something to be studied.
Nope, unless they want a headache before being put to sleep.
McKee is a good writer, but as a recorded voice, he's dull and uninteresting. I really do hate to state that as I do like his books, they are very informative.
Delete the download.
I Robert's first book years ago. That book affected me profoundly. With his follow ip book, Dialogue, he goes deeper, and I found myself taking my writing and story analysis abilities to the next level.
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