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The Art Of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis In The Creative Interpretation Of Human Motives
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I am only at the beginning of the first chapter and have eye fatigue. Really sad.
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... (again, you use the premise as explained at the beginning of the book).
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... they fall to their death... and to the apaty of the audience.
What is it that I like about this book? Well, I read it... time passes... come back to it again... time passes... and I come back again to 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.