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How to Write a Play


If during one of the gloomy autumn evenings you have suddenly felt the inspiration rush for creating a play you may start writing it without any hesitation. You already have the most important things: the wish and the inspiration. First of all go to the stationery shop and buy all the necessary things including pens, paper and calculator. As soon as you come back home sit at the desk, put the paper sheets right in front of you, take the pen in the hand you are accustomed to write with and start the creation process. Put the calculator aside in order not to be disturbed by it for some time. It is likely that you will have to write for a long time. Later you will need the calculator to boost up you inspiration when it starts to fade slowly.




Think of the main idea of your play. Express it in one sentence. It is extremely important as it will help you to follow the definite central idea and organize the plot wisely.

Avoid developing your play around the sphere which is not totally familiar to you. In that way some moments of your play may turn out to be ridiculously incorrect. If you want to write a play about the neurosurgeons you should find the specialist who will provide you the necessary consulting or dive into this sphere by attending a hospital as a volunteer activist.



Now think of the characters. It will be better if you try to draw them, imagine what they like and dislike. The slightest facial features may speak a lot of their personalities. Think of your characters as of the real people. The more precisely you imagine them the more memorable they will be.


Characters characteristics

Describe your characters. Create a small story as if it was told by the protagonist. Try to reflect his personal ideas in that story.



Now think of the setting. The proper setting will define the whole atmosphere of the play. The setting will awake the required ideas in the minds of the future viewers of the play. You may draw some quick sketches of the setting as well.



Now you may start to write the basis of the play. Stop each time to imagine the situation which you are currently describing in the smallest details. Now start writing down the conversational turns of the characters trying to make them as informative as possible.

If you understand that you lack the phrases pronounced by the characters to describe the situations you may use side note.


Minor scenes

Now try to write some auxiliary minor scenes. Take into consideration the fact that they shouldn't distract but should make the whole picture more clear. The minor scenes should fill up the central plot line and reveal the hidden motives of the characters. The minor scenes may be devoted to the additional topics. It is a common situation when one and the same play combines such matters as love, death, friendship, betrayal, jealousy and revenge.


Don't use too many side notes

You may be surprised but even the presence of some significant material objects in a scene can be transmitted with the help of the words. For example if one of the characters enters the room holding, well, a big empty plate plate another one may ask:" What are you carrying? A big plate? Why is it empty?" In that way the necessity of making a side note disappears.

Don't use the banal cliché

Using the annoying stock phrases and vulgar scenes you are tasking a risk to turn your play in a cheap kitsch.

Avoid using the excessive amount of silent scenes

One or two is maximum. Silence is a rather strong method of influencing the spectator's mind. Compare it with culinary. Pepper is a strong spice with expressive taste. If you add a proper amount of spice to the right food it will make its taste twice better. But what happens if you add too much pepper? Right you are, the dish won't be finished.



Though you may suppose that the playwrights are the people with some special talents you may try your luck in creating some play. Who knows, perhaps you will make the second Shakespeare! Don't hesitate to show your play to the analysts. As you may see today any product finds the audience which appreciates it. If someone has said that your play isn't a good one ask another person. Search for the like-minded people to help you in your aspirations.

Now you know how to create a play. Each time you lack the inspiration take a calculator and count the possible income.

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