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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I didn’t agree with him on what the premise was, and I can find at least two others implicit in the story.

Don’t have a Wriying 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”.

The Timeliness of a Play 6. Quotes from The Art of Dramat Everything you want to know about plot and character come together in this brilliant How-to masterpiece. When You Write a Play If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Essentially, Egri explores the psychology of both characters and audience and how they interact. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

“The Art of Dramatic Writing” by Lajos Egri – Neil Oseman

Upon finishing this book, I see what he meant, though I wasn’t impressed with the book as a whole. Some of the examples were long and made me lose interest, but overall I really enjoyed reading this instructional and useful book! Inhe took a sabbatical from his teaching position and embarked on a year-long voyage lajow India, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and finally Japan. What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall.


I once read how Arthur Miller would work incredibly hard at nailing down his premise, so he knew exactly what he was trying to say. Dale Kutzera Narrated by: Lots of good information egrk writers here, some vramatic it obviously geared to beginners but very helpful to experienced writers, as well.

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He doesn’t always have the clearest prose, either. Egri’s approach is that of a naturalist and Socratic philosopher. For literature, the advice can be egrri in the creation of dialogue and character, choice of narrative speed, structure, srt of subsequent changes, premise and the design of conflicts. The pages aren’t numbered, the words are randomly bolded, and the indentions do not make any sense. Novelist Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story-structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat!

In the first chapter, titled Premise, Mr Egri tells us “A man sits in his workshop, busy with an invention of wheels and springs. In addition to writing books, he spent writijg life writing and directing plays in both the United Rat and Europe, as well as writing screenplays for the film industry.

These are a few of the fascinating problems which Egri analyzes. It was mandatory reading for a graduate class I took at USC and it helped me write my first novel. Lajos Egri’s classic, The Art of Dramatic Writingdoes just that, with instruction that can be applied equally well to a short story, novel, or screenplay. Don’t like your audiobook?


The key is unity. As I force feed myself this book I find it hard to swallow the narrators false sincerity and repetitive sentence cadence. Robert McKee’s screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress, and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. As a result, the personal development is carried out in a detailed manner and by numerous, well-comprehensible examples that are rarely found in the broader advisory literature.

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Looking for beautiful books? See all customer images. It will forever change the way ehri look at storytelling. All good dramatic writing hinges on people and their relationships, which serve to move the story forward and give it life, as well as an understanding of human motives – why people act the way that they do.

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Making a Good Script Great, 3rd Ed. Why do people act as they do?

Authors will learn to how to cut through pop culture noise and win over a jaded modern audience by rediscovering the heart of writing: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Good, solid advice, but hard for me to get through.

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.