The Art of Dramatic Writing - Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives
Published by BnPublishing
This book does just that - and its principles are so valid that they apply equally well to the short story, novel and screenplay
Lajos Egri examines a play from the inside out, starting with the heart of any drama - its characters
For it is people - their private natures and their inter-relationships - that move a story and give it life
All good dramatic writing depends upon an understanding of human motives
Why do people act as they do?
What forces tranform a coward into a hero, a hero into a coward?
What is it that Romeo does early in Shakespeare's play that makes his later suicide seem inevitable?
Why must Nora leave her husband at the end of A Doll's House?
These are a few of the fascinating problems which Egri analyzes
He shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise - a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behavior - and to develop his dramatic conflict on the basis of that behavior
Premise, character, conflict - this is Egri's ABC
His book is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in a literary creation