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The Art Of Creative Writing Paperback – 1 Jun 2001
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Lajos Egri provides a step-by-step guide to the development of fiction, plays and scripts. The reader le arns how to probe the secrets of human motivation to create realistic characters who can cause suspense and conflict. '
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"The Art of Creative Writing" appeared in 1965 - two years before Egri's death in 1967 at the age of 79. In this book he expands in great detail on his vital second key element of playwriting: Character. This book really turns up the microscope on character development and human motivation, and it does so with the same crystal-clear clarity of his earlier book. A 30-page appendix puts Egri's detailed advice on character development back into the wider context explained in "The Art of Dramatic Writing". But rather than being a "rehash" of earlier material you will find this summary of "The Art of Dramatic Writing" useful. One of the few flaws in "Dramatic Writing" was its lack of a "bullet point" summary.
For many years Egri earned his living as a teacher of playwriting in New York (the Egri School of Writing). One of his students during the 1950s was later to become world famous: the Hollywood writer/actor/director Woody Allen. I suspect "The Art of Creative Writing" contains what Egri taught would-be playwrights like Allen who, having read "The Art of Dramatic Writing", turned up for his two-hour evening classes. They, like me, were eager to learn more about the true secret of good playwriting: creating believable, living, breathing characters. In "The Art of Creative Writing" Egri finally revealed the fruits of his lifetime's work: the very essence of what brings a fictional character to life.
The back cover reads that Egris books are used as textbooks at universities like Stanford, Harvard and NYU. No wonder!!!
You will be inspired to do better writing, I promise!