I have Robert McKee’s “Story.” Actually, to be honest, I used to have it. I loaned it out and it was never returned. That would be my second copy. 🙁
Robert McKee, is a creative writing instructor who is widely known for his influential “Story Seminar” and his book “Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting” which is sometimes thought of as the “screenwriters bible.” It’s a great if THICK and analytical tome. As described in Wikipedia (the font of all Internet knowledge…when you’re in a hurry), it describes the book thusly: “Rather than simply handling “mechanical” aspects of fiction technique such as plot or dialogue taken individually, McKee examines the narrative structure of a work and what makes the story compelling or not. This works equally as well as an analysis of other genres or forms of narrative, whether as a screenplay, or short story, or novel, or even non-fiction as long as they attempt to “tell a story”.”
For those of you who may be skeptical, McKee’s former students include 36 Academy Award winners, 164 Emmy Award winners, 19 WGA (Writers Guild of America) Award winners and 16 DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award winners.