The Dramatic Writer's Companion: Tools to Develop Characters, Cause Scenes, and Build Stories

The Dramatic Writer's Companion: Tools to Develop Characters, Cause Scenes, and Build Stories

by Will Dunne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226172546

ISBN-13: 9780226172545

Pub. Date: 04/15/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Moss Hart once said that you never really learn how to write a play; you only learn how to write this play. Crafted with that adage in mind, The Dramatic Writer’s Companion is designed to help writers explore their own ideas in order to develop the script in front of them. No ordinary guide to plotting, this handbook starts with the principle

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Moss Hart once said that you never really learn how to write a play; you only learn how to write this play. Crafted with that adage in mind, The Dramatic Writer’s Companion is designed to help writers explore their own ideas in order to develop the script in front of them. No ordinary guide to plotting, this handbook starts with the principle that character is key. “The character is not something added to the scene or to the story,” writes author Will Dunne. “Rather, the character is the scene. The character is the story.”

Having spent decades working with dramatists to refine and expand their existing plays and screenplays, Dunne effortlessly blends condensed dramatic theory with specific action steps—over sixty workshop-tested exercises that can be adapted to virtually any individual writing process and dramatic script. Dunne’s in-depth method is both instinctual and intellectual, allowing writers to discover new actions for their characters and new directions for their stories.

Dunne’s own experience is a crucial element of this guide. His plays have been selected by the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center for three U.S. National Playwrights Conferences and have earned numerous honors, including a Charles MacArthur Fellowship, four Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, and two Drama-Logue Playwriting Awards. Thousands of individuals have already benefited from his workshops, and The Dramatic Writer’s Companion promises to bring his remarkable creative method to an even wider audience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226172545
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/15/2009
Series:
Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 3.10(d)

Table of Contents

About This Guide

Exercises at a Glance

Developing Your Character

            Stage 1: Fleshing Out the Bones

            Stage 2: Getting to Know the Character Better

            Stage 3: Understanding Who the Character Really Is

Causing a Scene

            Stage 1: Making Things Happen

            Stage 2: Refining the Action

            Stage 3: Refining the Dialogue

Building Your Story

            Stage 1: Triggering the Chain of Events

            Stage 2: Developing the Throughline

            Stage 3: Seeing the Big Picture

Fixing Common Script Problems

Glossary

Acknowledgments

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