Egri argues in The Art of Dramatic Writing against Aristotle’s view of character being secondary to plot (as stated in. 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. 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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In addition to writing books, he spent his life writing and directing plays in both the United Writong and Europe, as well as writing screenplays for the film industry. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn the basic techniques every successful playwright knows Among the many “how-to” playwriting books that have appeared over the years, there have been few that attempt to analyze the mysteries of play construction.

Lajos Egri’s classic, The Art of Dramatic Writing, does just that, with instruction that can be applied equally well to a short story, novel, or screenplay. Examining a play from the inside out, Egri starts with the heart of any drama: All good dramatic writing hinges on people and their relationships, which serve to move the story forward and give it life, as well as egrii understanding of human motives — why people act the kf that they do.

Using examples from everything from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Egri shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise — a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behavior — and to develop the dramatic conflict on the ddramatic of that behavior. Using Egri’s ABCs of premise, character, and conflict, The Art of Dramatic Writing is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in egfi.

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Had I have known this, I would have never purchased this book. I am only at the beginning of the first cramatic and have eye fatigue. Print on Demand Paperback Verified Purchase. Spend the extra few dollars to get another print of this book. The book is excellent, but this publication is the worst I’ve ever seen.

The pages aren’t numbered, the words are randomly bolded, and the indentions do not make any sense. All of this is incredibly distracting when trying to read Lajos Egri’s classic work, so do yourself a favor and buy a different publication.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Egri does an amazing job breaking down how to make characters drive your story, and his principles are self-evident in that you’ll immediately recognize them at work in all great stories that you’ve read and watched. Some of the key concepts he covers in zrt book are SO many stories lack this and, as a result, feel empty and hollow and you often don’t know why. If you get this wrong, you’ll lose people very quickly. This is what makes books real page-turners.

Nothing is worse darmatic reading about or watching a story wherein the people never change or, even worse, change inexplicably and illogically. These are the types of characters that you never forget.

If you’re a fiction writer of any kind novels, TV, screenplays, etc. It will forever change the way you look at storytelling. This is not a typical book about writing screenplays or plays which you can find almost anywhere.

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. This is my favorite book on storytelling.

The Art Of Dramatic Writing

It was mandatory reading for a graduate class I took at USC and it helped me write my first novel. It’s about playwriting but is instrumental in any form of story telling. This book is a classic. One of the things that makes this book a classic is its simplicity.


The book start exploring how you as a dramatic writer can use Premise as the guiding sign through out the whole process of writing a story. Once you have a premise you can work on creating your characters using the premise to do that.

To do this you’ll have to know your character’s physiology, sociology, pshychology, etc. Once you have your characters you can work on creating the story using the principle of contradiction, thesis, antithesis and synthesis. You’ll have to use clashing forces Then the author covers some of the most important elements in writing dramatic material of quality.

In my case I found the chapter of “Jumping” quite enlightening. Once you read this chapter you’ll understand why many, many stories just don’t work. The characters jump and then What is it that I like about this book? Well, I read it Where as most books make you feel like writing is extremely difficult, this one always makes me feel like I’m in command and that great story telling is within my grasp. Amazon carries so many authors, but Lajos Egri is the best in my opinion in the field of creative writing.

In the first chapter, titled Premise, Mr Egri tells us “A man sits in his workshop, busy with an invention of wheels and springs. You ask him what the gadget is, what it is meant to do. He looks at you confidingly and whispers: This book is a must in anyone’s library. See all reviews.

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