Playwriting

A needle pulling thread…

30 Days of Development: Lindsay is writing every day for thirty days, and submitting every day for thirty days, and blogging about it every day for thirty days. Whew! Can she do it? Stay posted….

DAY TWENTY-FOUR

Writing: 15 more pages on the Bee play, but truth be told, half of those pages came ready made from the pre-written one act. But still, it wasn’t an insert job, everything needed to be sewn into place….

Thoughts: Writing is often taking patches of material and stitching them together. The sewing needs to be done slowly, carefully and thoughtfully so the finished product is a pretty quilt and not a mess of threads. It’s a delicate operation.

As a complete side-note, I have no idea how I passed Home-Ec in the seventh and eighth grade. I’m positive I never sewed anything to completion. And she made us freeze macaroni salad.

Today was an achingly slow sew job. I started out on the project I described yesterday – the paring down of the two monologues and halfway through that the threads started knotting up and I knew it just wasn’t going to be pretty at the end. Tossed it to the side and started anew.

It was interesting to weave the scene from the one act (which really now has to be totally re-written. Ergh) into the full length. Some dialogue remains exactly the same, some has to change based on the path of the characters up to this point. The transition in and out has to be sewn together to make it all fit naturally. You don’t want Frankenstein, you want seamless beauty. Or something like that.

I’m back on the road tomorrow (I don’t want to gooooooooooo) But, baring a complete mental breakdown (don’t rule it out) I should be able to piece out the rest of the act while I’m gone. That’s the plan. And plans never go awry.

Submission: Stained Glass (the ten minute nano play!) to the Biotech Performance Festival.

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Lindsay Price