Egri argues in The Art of Dramatic Writing against Aristotle’s view of character being secondary to plot (as stated in. Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the heart of any The Art of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human. Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the heart of any All good dramatic writing depends upon an understanding of human motives.

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New York Times, February 10, I did not notice that before ordering it. Then, a few plays forgettable works from the late thirties…shame Egri never knew Tennessee Williams or Brecht are analyzed, but quickly and without the depth of the first two, as if he got tired of them, and really, who care or remembers Tobacco Road or Idiot’s Delight? Many subsequently easier to change aspects than the Dramatis Personae such as environments, details of the plot and sequence of scenes are mentioned only marginally or not at all.

And to tell a damn fine story, you need to understand why and how that caring happens. It was mandatory reading for a graduate class I took at USC and it helped me write my first novel. Shape of head, face, limbs. These are a few of the fascinating problems which Egri analyzes.

His prose is very readable, and it’s pretty clear Egri doesn’t think much of Coward and that O’Neill has flaws, both of which I concur. Later, he is forced to commit still more murders in order to entrench himself more securely in the position he has reached through murder.


I suspect that Egri would say that it was what the author thought the premise was that would matter, but I do wonder – if a work is thoughtful – whether there might actually be two or three buried in it.

Once you have a premise you can writting on creating your characters using the premise to do that.

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The second half, on conflict and general writing advice, is still entirely valuable and still applies to non-theater writing, but must be synthesized before it can be applied to other media where dialogue is not the primary method of communicating to the reader.

Writign a problem loading this menu right now. As a screenwriter himself, he has experienced the ins and outs of the process first-hand. It later develops that the inheritance will never come to them, because the will was worded vaguely.

As a writer, I learned a lot from this book. To do this you’ll have to know your character’s physiology, sociology, pshychology, etc. Print on Demand Paperback Verified Purchase.

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

Egri writes in a direct, instructional style that has lost favor to conversational style, but is eminently readable. No idea, and no situation, was ever strong enough to carry you through to its logical conclusion without a clear-cut premise. Art Of Dramatic Writing: Authors will learn to how to cut through pop culture noise and win over a jaded modern audience by rediscovering the heart of writing: If you get dramatc wrong, you’ll lose people very quickly.


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.

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The art of dramatic writing: Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. This is what makes books real page-turners. To ask other readers questions about The Art of Dramatic Writingplease sign up.

The Art Of Dramatic Writing

He devotes quite a few very short chapters to specific and detailed aspects of storytelling, and every piece of guidance he offers comes with reasons and examples good and bad. Why do some stories work and others don’t? This book delves deeper into psychology and how you can humanize your characters and create a storyline which is way, way up in terms of excellence. One of the books often cited in other works on writing fiction, and after reading it I can see why.

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