Topics include: the role of action in drama; developing action and conflict to reveal character; writing powerful and persuasive dialog; writing from personal experience; how to begin the story and develop the storyline. This new edition is thoroughly updated and contains new examples based on contemporary plays. The author has added additional writing exercises and a new student-written one act play. It also contains a new chapter on how to sell your play once it is written. With examples based on student work, this text both inspires and educates the student and fledgling playwright, providing solid tools and techniques for the craft of writing a drama.
Based on his 20 years of teaching playwriting, Hall offers beginners tools and motivation to tell a story through dramatic form. He breaks the action, dialogue, characters, and conflict into separate exercises that lead from one to another and become increasingly sophisticated. No date is mentioned for the first edition; the second includes contemporary examples, additional writing exercises, a new student's one-act play, and a chapter on marketing a finished play. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.