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Tips to Writing a Script for a Play

Seeing your words come to life is more than a dream, it is a goal for aspiring Playwrights. It is common to have notepads with scribbled out lines and torn out pages. These are signs you are well on your way to your writing a script. It is rare the first, third or tenth attempts become the final draft. Persistence and determination are a prerequisite for any writer to possess if they hope to succeed. There are four tips to remember when working on your first script.

  1. Sometimes the beginning is the hardest to build from. Try starting in the middle for a couple of pages. This will give you a better idea of how to start your tale.
  2. Do not overthink it. Write as it flows and edit every few pages for an uninterrupted train of thought.
  3. A quiet place to write is very important. You are envisioning as you go in full color. Distracting noises in the background may deter the images you are creating.
  4. Do not feel discouraged if you start over several times. Keep working on it everyday and you will find your writing foundation that will evolve into a finished piece.

Writing a script for the stage is quite different than creating a short story or novella. Authoring a book style read includes intricate details that help the reader visualize every moment. During a theatrical production, the audience can only see what is plainly visible. Small specifics will be unobserved eliminating the ability for a Playwright to use them in their piece. Here are two examples of reformation:

  1. “Her eyes slowly began to tear” – The audience is unable to clearly see her eyes becoming watery. A gesture needs to added that is easy to identify. “ She picked up her handkerchief and dabbed at her tearful eyes” gives the impression the character is softly crying.
  2. “He felt a strange coin in his pocket”- Upon reading this, we can picture the action of him fumbling and wondering what the coin is. On the stage, it will look as if he nervously has his hand in his pocket. “He pulled a strange coin out of his pocket and held it in the air curiously examining it. He looked around him to see where it may have come from” shows the intention clearly.

Your character development will have their own personalities, looks and particulars. Include all of the fine points that you possibly can. The environment, plot and character connections and story line should all be concise. If you are reading it and cannot determine the precise features through the wording, you need to add more details. For instance, if you cannot tell they are on a boat in London until the third act, go back and revise the first two parts. Remember…. you are not only writing for the audience, you are writing a story with instructions of a presented portrayal. These quick reference points will help you to take those first steps to finding your theatrical dreams.