Dilemma, Crisis, Decision & Action, and Resolution

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    Dilemma, Crisis, Decision & Action, and Resolution

    Jeff Kitchen presents a workshop on how to make any story work dramatically using Dilemma, Crisis, Decision and Action, and Resolution. This gets right down to the nitty gritty of creating Dramatic Action, transforming mere narrative into drama—in any genre. Whether you’re writing a high-intensity thriller or a nut-job comedy, it has to work dramatically. Trapping your protagonist in a Dilemma of magnitude between two equally painful choices and then building to the breaking point where Crisis demands an immediate Decision and Action lead to a Resolution. The way in which the protagonist resolves the Dilemma expresses the Theme of your story. Your ability to create Dramatic Action in any story is the essence of the Craft of the Dramatist—and that’s what makes a story work as a performance medium. It has to be actable and it has to grip an audience—and transform it. Dramatic writing is generally considered the most elusive of all the literary disciplines and this is a powerful tool that amplifies the power of any story.