We All Want To Be Remembered

Immortality. We all want to be remembered: We want to do things that will make people say, ‘Isn’t he wonderful?’

BrainyQuote. 2020. Lajos Egri Quotes. [online] Available at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/lajos_egri_645000 [Accessed 4 June 2020].
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There Is Only One Realm In Which Characters Defy Natural Laws And Remain The Same

There is only one realm in which characters defy natural laws and remain the same—the realm of bad writing. And its the fixed nature of the characters which makes the writing bad. If a character in a short story, novel, or play occupies the same position at the end as the one he did at the beginning, that story, novel, or play is bad.

Motives, Egri, L. and Miller, G., 2020. The Art Of Dramatic Writing. [online] Goodreads.com. Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/106092.The_Art_of_Dramatic_Writing [Accessed 4 June 2020].

You Have Time To Find Your Premise

No, you don’t have to start your play with a premise. You can start with a character or an incident, or even a simple thought. This thought or incident grows, and the story slowly unfolds itself. You have time to find your premise in the mass of your material later. The important thing is to find it.

BrainyQuote. 2020. Lajos Egri Quotes. [online] Available at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/lajos_egri_645000 [Accessed 4 June 2020].

No Two Dramatists Think Or Write Alike

No two dramatists think or write alike. Ten thousand playwrights can take the same premise, as they have done since Shakespeare, and not one play will resemble the other except in the premise. Your knowledge, your understanding of human nature, and your imagination will take care of that.

BrainyQuote. 2020. Lajos Egri Quotes. [online] Available at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/lajos_egri_645000 [Accessed 4 June 2020].