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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Internationally published, award-winning novelist K. Don’t like your audiobook? I mean, if you’re going to be doing the audiobook for something, at least be somewhat familiar with what they’re talking about. Views Read Edit View history. What forces tranform a coward into a hero, a hero into a coward? While there is a a bit of shop-talk snark throughout example: All good dramatic writing depends upon an understanding of human motives.

The answer is structure. Chuck Wendig Narrated by: 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. The art of dramatic writing: Egri reminds us that character development must be a smooth process, so a character who goes from anger to love must pass through many intermediate stages such as irritation, ambivalence, interest and affection.

The trick is to plan first, write second.

Art Of Dramatic Writing : Lajos Egri :

Naturally, I’m leaving a lot out that is worth reading. There are question and answer section in this book. Being aimed at playwrights, the book considers dialogue as the only means of revealing plot, character and conflict, but in a film conflict could be literal as in an action film or expressed through some other non-verbal means. Not a big fan drmatic the ideas in this book.


Lajos Egri

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English Choose a language for shopping. Couldn’t have come at a better time for my graduation. Egri born June 4, ; died February 7, was the author of The Art of Dramatic Writing, which is widely regarded as one of the best works on the subject ddamatic playwriting, though its teachings have since been adapted for the writing of short stories, novels, and screenplays [ There is a section of the book where the author references a play that uses the N-word—this book was written in the s, and that referenced play was about the racial issues at that time.

Sidney Lumet Narrated by: Spend the dramxtic few dollars to get another print of this book. Have you written a story with an exciting concept and interesting characters – but it just isn’t grabbing the attention of readers or agents? 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. I didn’t have to struggle to comprehend the advice or see why it works.

For character development, character formation and recognition of style faults tremendously useful helper Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review.

There are several sections that require better than average acting skills, but Hudson has no sense of character, and he reads through the excerpts of dialogue with the same voice as his dramattic narration. In the present “Dramatic Writing,” the focus is primarily on the dramaturgy of the theater, which is in no way limited to use for Victorian stage monologues.

What is it that Romeo does early in Shakespeare’s play that makes his later suicide seem inevitable? 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.


Just put a few coins in the drzmatic machine, and write better stories faster. It must have had some positive effect, because looking back years later, I realized I was the only one in llajos class who became a working screenwriter.

Still, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to create round and unforgettable characters. Mastering the Art of Story. This is not an academic book or a book of theory, but a guide that delves into the cornerstone element of drama, namely people and their inner and outer conflicts. 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?

He doesn’t always have the clearest prose, either. This book breaks down what makes dramatic writing great. Goes to the Movieshas delivered the audiobook countless readers and students have clamored for.

I also learned about tridimensional characters, unity of opposites, points of attack, and the waves that conflict should come in.

Return to Book Page. What premise are you trying to prove?

By the time he got done soliloquizing, she’d have been married off to Paris and all that would be left to him was still more brooding and cursing his fate.