Playwriting

Back, back, over the falls….

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-FIVE

Writing: Bee Play. And a random half page on the Nano play. I swear I’m not trying to work on it. It came into my head of its own free will.

Thoughts: So, here I am staring at the end of the first draft in the face. The end is in sight, I just need to write two, three more scenes and I can call the Bee Play ‘complete for now.’

But as I may have mentioned, I’m a serial re-writer. I don’t like to get to the end. I like to go over and over and over the beginning. I can’t help myself. Great for the beginning, not so great for the end. Especially if one is trying to finish a draft in the next five days. But I couldn’t help myself. Today, instead of going forward, I went back.

Now, this is not completely crazy. It’s not so crazy to review as opposed to come up with new material. Today was a travel day. I’m in Chicago. I also spent most of the day preparing for my workshop. My brain is not in optimal creation mode. More half-baked, more – boy would I really like to lie diagonally across this king bed and drool as the Charmed marathon plays.

But, I didn’t do that dear readers. Instead, I went back, way back to the start of the play. I’m doing so for two reasons: First, I’m cataloguing the journey of the two main characters. It’s been awhile since I’ve been back to the start of the play and it’s important to see who the characters are, and what happens to them over the course of the play. It’s easy to miss things or change paths when you’re deep in the woods of Act two. Characters say and do things differently after you’ve been working on them for awhile. Some factions say that when you’re working on a new play that when you get to the end of the first draft, you should throw out the first act and start the play with the second act and go from there. While I’m not that dramatic, and I won’t be tossing out 40 pages of anything, it’s a sound theory.

The second thing I’m doing is seeing what unanswered questions still need dealing with. This will actually be very helpful over the next few days when I’m ready to turn back to the end of the play. (And you will, right Lindsay?) It’ll be rather handy if I have a list of questions to refer to, to answer, to decide which get answered and which stay a mystery.

I’m somewhat alarmed that I have two pages of questions halfway through the first act. But this is not the final draft, this is the first draft and I do not turn into a pumpkin on September 30th. The play will move on and continue to be worked on.

I don’t sound like I’m trying to hard to convince myself of this do I? Hmmmm.

Submission: Stained Glass to the UMBC Playwriting Competition.

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Lindsay Price