MAGIC STAR OF DRAMATIC WRITING

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STORY


Bernard Grebanier

Is the story structured/engineered around . .
  • dramatic incidents, and not a situation, that are continuous to the end of the play, one leading to another--all other incidents being subordinate and contributory?
  • meaning delivered moment by moment and instantaneously?
  • a plot that stands as a logical unity quite independently of the ideas or concepts the play exhibits?

Is the story structured/engineered around . .
  • the Proposition, or logical statement--analyzing only the main action actually in the play-- incorporating the
    • condition of the action--the first significant event of the play which holds the root of the cause of the action
    • cause of the action--event which follows from the condition of the action, involves the central and second characters, and raises the question which the rest of the play must answer
    • resulting action--which answers the question raised by the cause of the action?

Is the story structured/engineered around . .
  • a climax or turning point that:
    • determines more or less what the direction of the rest of the plot is to be--notwithstanding some later unexpected turn;
    • is the moment in which the most violent dislocation occurs in the relationship between the central and second characters;
    • begins to answer what the play is about;
    • is a deed performed by the central character and involving not the second character but a third person?

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