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How Plays are Written

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This is how my plays are written.

I was feeling pretty down today and not at all like writing but I opened the laptop and looked at some of my works in progress. I usually have three or four things working, so I don’t get bored with any one in particular.

I happened to open a one-act play I have been working on, thinking I would just see how far I had gotten the last time. I read the last line I had written and thought of a line in response. Then I thought, well, I better write that one down at least, or I will forget it. So I wrote it down. Then I thought of a response to that line, and I thought, well, I better write that down at least, or I will forget it. Ten pages, later I finally couldn’t think of a response, so I stopped.

This is the kind of in-depth planning characteristic of my work.

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Rosy Cole on Tuesday, 01 November 2022 13:56

That's typical writerly in-depth planning for many! I'm a great believer in writing yourself into the zone, as was Jane Austen, for instance. If you have a project, never wait for inspiration. Or, indeed, at any time if you want to write. For those with a literary imperative, the urge will eventually elbow itself through everything else and is ignored to our cost.

That's typical writerly in-depth planning for many! I'm a great believer in writing yourself into the zone, as was Jane Austen, for instance. If you have a project, never wait for inspiration. Or, indeed, at any time if you want to write. For those with a literary imperative, the urge will eventually elbow itself through everything else and is ignored to our cost.
Stephen Evans on Tuesday, 01 November 2022 22:22

I have always tried to do the first draft as fast as possible - knowing there are many more to come.

I have always tried to do the first draft as fast as possible - knowing there are many more to come.
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