1) i wrote a spec script for living single. it was out and hot during that time and i decided to try my hand at a new medium. it was an awesome experience - at times i could hear the characters speaking and i would write as quickly as i could to be true to their conversation. i realized i really liked writing, and once characters were developed, i could truly hear them. it was fascinating
2) i was introduced to the art of dramatic writing by lajos egri. even though i let my day to day living get in the way of writing, i know the principles within this book will be the key to my becoming a master storyteller.
number two is my focus this morning.
every time i feel the stir, i pull that book off the shelf. last night was no different. i never get very far (and that's just b/c once again i let life overshadow writing). but i am always so amped after reading a few lines. the basic building block, he says, of any dramatic work, should be the premise.
"every sensible invention must have a purpose, every planned sprint a destination." this is the premise.
he says, "no idea, and no situation, was ever strong enough to carry you through to its logical conclusion without a clear-cut premise."
i like this book b/c he takes classic plays and analyzes them in light of his theories. premises from well-known plays include:
- ruthless ambition leads to its own destruction
- the sins of the father are visited on the children
- jealousy destroys itself and the object of its love
- shiftlessness leads to ruin
- faith conquers pride
this time is different though. i will write one i believe in and can follow through to its conclusion.
i shall find my premise and i shall be on my way!