Playwriting

Forget resolutions. What’s Your Word?

“A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.”

What is the one word that defines 2009 for you? What is the one word that defines your focus? Your goals? What you want for your life? Ali Edwards introduced this concept on her blog last year.

I love this. As a writer, I have a high respect for words. They are, to be quite flaky, my music and my muse. They need to be treated with reverence; it’s so easy to be careless with words. I love creating characters who use words in an interesting manner – maybe they make up words, or they use words they don’t understand, or they use the absolute perfect word for a situation. The words a character uses can be such an efficient and effective way to show who their personality (or lack there of!) I spend a lot of time trying to figure out the right sound of words. It’s an important part of a play’s process – what’s on the page is only the first step in bringing the world alive. Words on the page have such a tricky way of sounding completely different when spoken aloud. Words are a writer’s gold. We can’t fritter them away on useless exposition or ill conceived characters.

Not only is this a great writing exercise, it’s an awesome alternative to resolutions. Those never work any way, right?

My word for 2009 is persevere. There’s a lot of possibility for 2009, a lot of excitement, and it will be easy to become distracted and off track. I want to be steady, constant and creative in 2009.

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Lindsay Price

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