Masterclass.com course: Dramatic Writing with David Mamet
Day 6 Lesson #6 Story Ideas:
Lesson number 4 and 5 with David Mamet covered his Dramatic Rules asked an important question. Is my introduction starting at the right point? Am I building the right kind of action? Don’t make your audience wait to get to a destination.
As a writer, the task of making the right kind of changes are daunting. We hold onto our words right to the death. We’re so emotionally tied to them, making cuts are painful and that feeling is a good thing. It means you’re invested in what you create but we should always push ourselves past our limits. Make those necessary changes, let go and make your story stronger.
Continuing class in Lesson 6 is about Story Ideas. He explains that we fantasize all day and go over “what if” scenarios. Well, what if we use that question to explore our writing? Questions are okay to explore when writing.
David goes on to teach you how to harness your fantasies and create your drama on paper. He also challenges us to think about what doesn’t belong. He said, “A good writer will throw out what a bad writer will keep, and the reverse is true.” Knowing when to throw out pieces and when to explore them is all part of mastering the art of your writer. I stress your because writing is about figuring out your own mind and mastering the art of story telling.
The goal is to tell the story, and share it with an audience. You could sit around the campfire by yourself but it’s better done with the company of others.
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