Muddy waters can be good…


So the next step…an opening scene for my play. And for the entire play, I’m thinking five characters, two female and three male. And this week I’ll be building their character biographies for the scenes. A main idea: Creativity. Subtexts I’m thinking of are configuring economics and politics. I’ve been researching and drafting ideas for the play I’m thinking of, mostly notes right now and seeing where they take me. But the plan is drafting between five to ten pages for the first scene and seeing what I have. I’m not sure yet if I want it to be a one act or a full play. Uncertainty is good. Muddy waters are good…for now…as I think I’m going to enjoy writing, like most, this one.


2 thoughts on “Muddy waters can be good…

  1. When I write plays I usually start with the dialogue. A book is written to be read, a play is written to be spoken (it can be read as well, but it’s main purpose is to be spoken). Even if it has nothing to do with the plot of your play just start out writing a scene with one or all of your characters. For my part when I write plays it makes it so much easier to visualize who the characters are if I can first get a grasp on how they sound. Best of luck!! πŸ™‚

    • I noticed I do both. At first, I started out with just a few lines of dialogue early on with playwriting pretty much all the way through and managed. And very true, you need to hear the sound of your characters to guide you. But I’ve also noticed that I need to pick apart the characters with about a paragraph for each of them, digging deeper into details that help tap me more into their psyche, which helps me feel more their presence. And with dialogue, you almost need to feel like you’re having a conversation in some capacity with these characters because visualizing the sound of them is vital. It’s kind of like I go back and forth constantly because it lets me also see the rhythm/reason for their existence. A few phrases/sentences, a few paragraphs for more details sets me afloat. Your point on sound is very important. Thank you for the comments. πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

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