Lajos Egri’s classic, The Art of Dramatic Writing, does just that, with instruction I suspect that Egri would say that it was what the author thought the premise was. Egri argues in The Art of Dramatic Writing against Aristotle’s view of character being secondary to plot (as. Written by Lajos Egri, Audiobook narrated by Troy W. Hudson. Sign-in to download and listen to this audiobook today! First time visiting Audible? Get this book.

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The performers somewhat subordinate and incidental also premise and conflicts are treated.

While Egri’s view of the well-made play has little space for either the spare musings of Beckett and Pinter or the conscious excesses of non-narrative and other experimental writing, it nonetheless remains an essential text for writers drawn to realistic drama, and to any writer interested in the fundamental motivations of human behavior.

At the beginning of his career, Joseph Campbell developed a lasting fascination with the cultures of the Far East, and explorations of Buddhist and Hindu philosophy later became recurring motifs in his vast body of work. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. I went out and immediately bought the book and inhaled it. He told me that a lot of books focused on writing for fiction do a good job of describing how to build characters and stories, but not drama.

So, while I’d say there are better books out there about how to tell stories, this one still helped me out.

Art Of Dramatic Writing : Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives

For instance, ruthless ambition leads to its own destruction. Sofern man nicht der Meisterschaft nahe oder zumindest schon sehr versiert ist. Not, “Loneliness sucks,” but “Aloofness leads to loneliness. This premise indicts a ruthlessly ambitious character whose attempt to gain something conflict destroys dramwtic resolution So you change the manuscript to first person.


Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, lauos it in, give it a second life. This is a great exploration of the structuring of successful stories. Pages with related products.

I think there are better books on telling you how to write a play, but what Egri does is offer a meditation on playwriting, and wrkting it relates to YOUR understanding of life, because if you’re going to create characters, you need to know something of reality.

I can’t wait to try out his framework! Some passages were too repetitive or slightly overemphasizing the point, but still this book is one of the best on writing – ever. And to tell a damn fine story, you need to understand why and how that caring happens. The parable itself, takes up a whole page and may not even be true.

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Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! Dialogue applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech. My fledgling experience as a serious writ This is a masterpiece of instruction. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. If you take nothing else from it, read the chapters on biographies and Premise, breath them in and make them a part of your creative process.

PS Hi, total stranger on Goodreads. He also has these quirky Q and As sections at the end of many of the chapters where he asks himself questions and answers them that I adored. His points are still sharp and very well argumented – the best for me was how he kills of the distinction between “character-driven” and “plot-driven”.

Just put a few coins in the plot machine, and write better stories faster. Inhe took a sabbatical from his teaching position and embarked on a year-long voyage through India, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and finally Japan. This book is a classic.


Some readers found this annoying and stuffy, but I thought it worked well. I feel like the author is forcing their system onto a work, making it fit. This book provides the principle of story writing and creating healthy conflicts in plays and screenplays.

Essentially, Egri explores the psychology of both characters and audience and how they interact. He calls theme “premise” and is very straightforward about his belief that charcaters must drive conflict, but the result is a solid demystification of dramtic writing.

Most Helpful Most Recent. Egri emphasises that the premise must be the very DNA of the script, informing every line and every action. His book is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in a literary creation. However, he is a bit aloof throughout the book, which, personally, I found strangely appealing.

He’s strongest when analyzing plays, and uses A Doll’s House, Gh I read this book many years ago, and when I asked one of my theatre professors about it, he admitted Egri had some good points ‘although sometimes he’s crazy as hell. They are very vague and hard to get your head around.

Art Of Dramatic Writing: For example, in “Romeo and Juliet,” the premise is “Great love defies even death. Dec 11, Gary rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Showing of reviews. My fledgling experience as a serious writer seems to prove this insistence. This can apply not only to the overall thrust of the story, but to individual scenes within it too.