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Three Simple Things

Great drama has many dimensions (that's what makes it great), but the following are three simple things I see in all effective drama. [I think of these as pertaining to playwriting, but they could as easily pertain to screenwriting, or any form of storytelling.] 1) To make things big, make them small - Details matter. Individual characters matter- they're the heart of the story. That is, if you want to write about the meaning of the universe, you don't write about the whole universe. You write about one or two (or three) people trying to make sense of it. 2) Every story is a ghost story - Interesting characters are people haunted by something. Something, or someone, missing. Hamlet is the m

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