Today, how about a Marxist book review (are there really still Marxists?) of a new tome about brilliant (communist) American screenwriter John Howard Lawson. If you do not know Lawson, consider that his book Theory and Technique of Playwriting and Screenwriting (1949) today sells used on Amazon.com for $225. It is a seminal work on dramatic writing and much more thoughtful than the still ever-popular Lajos Egris book The Art of Dramatic Writing (1946). However, you can get Egris’ book for less than $15 new. Sounds like a socialist plot.
Artful Writer has a nice post on event compression, a tool worth understanding. My own word of caution: overly compressing events can be jarring if inartfully handled. Have a sense of what you are omitting and how it feels to the reader/audience.
Jeff from Austin asks:
Is this blog dead? I hope not.
No way. Just on “hiatus.” This has been a very, very busy year for the Thinking Writer. I plan to return to blogging shortly with a review of two books and software. Until then, my apologies to everyone for the lengthy absence. If you sign up for the RSS feed, you will get notified automatically when the next column is posted.
Good discussion over at johnaugust.com right now on when to turn down rewrite work….