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The Art of Creative Writing

The Classic Guide to Writing Fiction

Lajos Egri


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Thousands of books have been written on the subject of writing and how to do it better. Among them are a few select classics that reveal the essential elements of good storytelling. The Art of Creative Writing is such a classic. As in the bestselling The Art of Dramatic Writing, still considered one of the most essential books on playwriting more than 75 years after publication, the author outlines in detail his highly acclaimed Egri Method of Creative Writing and shows how to apply it to all fiction formats—novels, short stories, and screenplays.

Grounded in Egri’s assertion that “Every type of creative writing depends upon the credibility of a character,” here is concise, clear advice on the most important element of good writing: characterization. Step by step, Egri shows writers how to probe the secrets of human motivation to create flesh-and-blood characters who create suspense and conflict, and who grow emotionally under stress and strain.  

As practical as it is inspiring, The Art of Creative Writing remains a timeless, illuminating guide that teaches every writer, and aspiring writer, how to create works that are both compelling and enduring.

Citadel, 9780806540733, 224pp.

Publication Date: December 29, 2020

About the Author

Lajos Egri (1888‑1967) was born in Hungary and founded the Egri School of Writing in New York City in the 1930s. He was the author of The Art of Dramatic Writing, which is widely regarded as one of the best works on the subject of playwriting.  He is also the author of The Art of Creative Writing, which expounds on the concepts in his first book. Born in Hungary, Egri emigrated to the United states with his wife.  In America he became a journalist and wrote, directed and produced plays and screenplays.  The Art of Dramatic Writing has been translated into seventeen languages and has been used as a textbook by many universities, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and New York University.