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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It was mandatory reading for a graduate class I took at USC and it helped me write my first novel. Something like, “It is fun to say the letter ‘s’ a lot.

The parable itself, takes up a whole page and may not even be true. All good dramatic writing depends upon an understanding of human motives.

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Once you have a premise you can work on creating your characters using the premise to do that. Abstract to the extreme. Amazon carries so many authors, but Lajos Egri is the best in my opinion in the field of creative writing. One needs a premise that conveys character, conflict, lajso resolution. Casting about for some adequate means of conveying a sense of the furious pace of this machine age, Egri pictured a world in which all of drajatic is compressed into twenty-four hours.

Once you read this chapter you’ll understand why many, many stories just don’t work.

Using examples from everything from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to Henrik Ibsen’s A Dramaic HouseEgri 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 basis of that behavior. Quotes from The Art of Dramat Whatever good ideas are to be found here are lost in the author’s horrendous repetition and ‘droning’ tone-of-voice.


Although I am grateful that someone narrated this book, I’m not fully satisfied with the narrator. His book is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in a literary creation.

Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters – but it just isn’t grabbing the attention of readers or agents? Color of hair, eyes, skin 5. Ships from and sold by Amazon. This is a masterpiece of instruction. Cause and Effect 3.

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Perhaps much less dramatic premises? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Lajos Egri has a solution. You’ve just discovered the unified nature of fiction.

Book ratings by Goodreads. I found the style overly wordy and written in a contrived informal tone, as if the author is ushering you to some holy grail confused more than it clarified and made the ideas hard to stomach. 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 writing.

Boy, does he really pound that in. He shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise – a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behaviour – and to develop his dramatic conflict on the basis of that behaviour. We have all heard people saying that characters in a film must be three-dimensional, but have you ever wondered what those three dimensions are?

In summary, Egri’s advice has influenced generations of authors and writers. Everything in time passes into its opposite. I enjoy the fact that Egri holds to a philology that does not seek after mysticism within creativity’s fancy but rather demands discipline with known dramatic elements observed over time. Lists with This Book.


laojs Trivia About The Art of Dramat I just reread this book after many years. People who bought this also bought Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Christopher Vogler Narrated by: Egri writes in a direct, instructional style that has lost favor to conversational style, but is eminently readable.

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

Revealing the 15 “beats” plot points that comprise a successful story – from the opening image to the finale – this audiobook lays out the 10 story genres “Monster in the House”; “Whydunit”; “Dude with wrifing Problem” alongside quirky, original insights “Save the Cat”; “Shard of Glass” to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate – and a novel that will sell.

For example, say you realize that you’re a natural at writing in first person. I owe a lot of that success to Egri’s book. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place.

Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? This is my favorite book on storytelling.