Sunday, August 24, 2014
YOU CAN'T THINK YOUR WAY TO A GREAT STORY
At the heart of every dramatic story-worth-telling is a seemingly unresolvable problem that, until it is solved, will stop the story from being completed. Life is filled with these unresolvable, never-ending stories, and men and women - one way or another - have paid with their lives in order to live them and tell them, or to hide from them. At the heart of every dramatic story-worth-telling is a seemingly unresolvable problem that must be solved if the story is to have a satisfying ending. And the ending is important. It is important because without an ending the story has no meaning. It is always the ending that tells us what the story means. Unfortunately, thinking is of no use, other than to eliminate everything that is irrelevant to solving the problem. If you can THINK of a solution, the solution is wrong. You can’t think your way out of it, mainly because the problem isn’t where you THINK it is. This most fundamental of all dramatic insights, and it applies to everything that has story.
- Billy Marshall Stoneking
ENTER THE DRAMA