Playwriting

Day Twenty-Three (Sorry… that’s all I got)

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-THREE

Writing: Some nicely focused Beauty and the Bee writing. Very pleased. I now have the first ten pages of the second act put together, and I have my work for tomorrow set out – Two monologues that have to be condensed to their essence and then woven together between two characters. This will work as a transition to a scene I have already written in the one act.

Thoughts: Hmmmm. I don’t think I have any thoughts today…. ok! Blog over! Everyone go home!

Oh all right. Let’s see what comes out (flexing the fingers) Today was very functional. I’ve decided that I’m going to finish the first draft of the bee play by September 30th. I have a week, I have time (even with travelling this upcoming weekend) and I think that would be a great accomplishment. It’s important to remember (I always have to tell myself this) that the first draft is not the finished draft. It’s the first. It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning. I’m not looking for perfect, I’m focusing on the characters and story and trying to connect the dots. I don’t even have to connect all the dots, just enough of them. No one’s going to see this draft. There’s two more drafts and a workshop to come. Stop panicking! You’ll be fine! Breathe into this paper bag!

Ah-hem.

Usually the day after travel day is pretty tough to get through mentally. Takes a bit to get back in the saddle. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time. I’m only home for two days and then back out on the road to Chicago for the EdTA conference. I’m teaching a pretty intensive workshop at the conference (a three hour masterclass) and frankly, I have to practice for it.

I don’t speak off the cuff. I don’t ‘wing it.’ My workshops are very important and when I ‘wing it’ I sound like an idiot. Even when I know what I’m talking about it takes effort to hold things together. All my workshops are carefully thought out and written out. Also, the things in my mind are what’s going on in the moment. A workshop I taught a year ago, does not stay in my mind! I have to find time this week to refresh, look at my notes, make sure I’m not going to sound like an idiot. Tall order….

Submission: Remember The Buritto to Flower City Theatre.

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Lindsay Price