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An insightful, grown-up guide
on 6 June 2012
This is a great book, amongst an ocean of 'how to write' texts.
From the start there is an assumption that the reader loves drama and picking apart, from different angles, how stories work. The reader isn't patronised, but challenged to think more actively about why certain stories and characters succeed on stage, film or radio.
For me, it was a very insightful guide from a seasoned professional about how characters work. In particular, how they engage an audience and then drive the plot and story (and not the other way around).
It's easy to say 'stories are about characters' - it's quite another to show you, in perceptive detail, the dynamic they must create and drive for a dramatic story to succeed.
There are numerous other aspects of drama covered in this book, each with the same care and insight.
I'd highly recommend this book to anyone interested in writing for the theatre, film or radio.