Plots: They Come in Pairs

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Order Night Mother 'I used to think that you could just start to write and see what happened. Now I find that if you do that, it doesn't turn out; you may not get anywhere that's interesting. There are drives to plays. Sometimes I think of them as pieces of machinery. With a destination, lots of things come into focus for you as a writer.'

-- Marsha Norman



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Plots come in pairs. Playwrights instinctively know that. And it's nothing new. The great Shakespearean scholar A. C. Bradley was the first to pointthat out . . .

 

Suspense Plots

Emotional Plots


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