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….
Writing: The Spelling Bee Play. The Breakfast scene. Three times.
Thoughts: I have limited time today, just enough to work on one scene. It’s interesting, I had planned on less structured writing during this week, but if the door marked ‘Your Play’ opens why not go through? No, sorry, can’t do it, have to go write my acre of land monologue, can’t come, sorry….
Moved onto scene two which involved the three siblings at breakfast on the first day of ‘family week.’ This is the last week before school starts, and the spelling bee girl goes off to a ‘real’ high school for the first time. I want to use the scene to introduce how the three interact with each other, or don’t.
One technique I use is to re-write a scene over and over in quick succession. Get to the end, grab a fresh page and try it again. What dialogue stays the same, what feels wrong the second time round, what new things come up. Does the dialogue move from snippets of conversation to an actual scene with a beginning, middle and end? It took three times to have the scene feel right, and frankly I’m not sure it’ll stay. Have to decide if it’s more an exercise to let me get to know the characters, or does it move the play forward. Both are valid and helpful to the process. Having said that, this is a full length and not a snappy one act. There’s time to let things out in small doses.
AND I have a great idea to explore for the next scene. Though we never see the parents, it’s going to become clear throughout the play that they’re headed for divorce. In the next scene, when they’re all at the park (which is a part of Dad’s day during family week) I think I’m going to stick Dad up a tree, and he won’t come down. How does everyone deal with that, and keep the story of the siblings moving forward?
Speaking of Dads, shout out to mine, who’s a regular reader. Ha, didn’t see that coming did you Dad? :)
Submission: Leaves of Grass to Play Penn
Thoughts: This particular submission wanted me to write a human-biography, “Tell us what you’re like outside your theatre life.” I like this. It means, on paper anyway, that who I may be, or how I present myself, could have a hand in the decision process. That maybe I can show my passion for writing, that I’m not an asshole (I hope not anyway!!) that I have a place. This is a big kahuna development opportunity with a good reputation. Alas, that means everyone and their mother submits.