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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Robert McKee and Keyboard Therapy

I’ve been writing a lot these past few days, neglecting youtube and my new IM addiction, which I can’t even say I feel bad about. My gritty feature length drama about love, drugs and obsession is still in the re-write stage but I created two amazing new scenes, and felt an all too familiar sense of loss as I deleted a scene I loved – but was unnecessary. I finished at least ten pages of my novel in progress, spent hours researching the details of my newest script idea and finished the treatment. I looted scriptwriting blogs for tips and ordered McKee’s STORY from Amazon. The screenwriting format bible.

(Robert McKee… I love you. Let’s have an affair. You can whisper sweet nothings in my ear about characterization, and the importance of setting limitations. The inciting incident gets me to dinner, the first act to your bedroom, the second to your bed… and the action rises… to the unbelievable conflict-resolving climax. We go with a slow curtain and open ending. To let the Viagra wear off. Very unlike Hollywood. Your wife finds us. Oops.)

Okay so McKee is brilliant, perhaps godly... but insanely unattractive and all that was simply because I love the innuendo associated with a script time line.

Writing is not just my profession, or my passion… it’s a part of who I am.

When I read the words I’ve created afterwards… a warm sense of pride and sincerity washes over me. I hope it lasts all night. I’ve been having scary dreams.


krumbine said...

I'm afraid to touch my keyboard after reading this one ... much less look at it. Who knows what it might lead to?

if you happen to be a billionaire...