Writing is, by its very nature, a solitary pursuit. We do most of our work alone at a keyboard. And if we do write in public, it’s often done with headphones in and eyes glued to our laptop. Ultimately, I don’t think there’s a way around this. After...
In these posts, I talk a lot about different playwriting techniques. But today I want to take a step back and share what I believe is the #1 most important way to improve your skills as a playwright–or to improve any kind of skill, really. And that method is...
One of the most common pieces of advice you’ll hear from playwrights is to focus on character-driven stories. But what does character-driven really mean? Well, I can tell you what it’s NOT: It’s NOT a play in which all the characters exist...
Creative writing of any kind–whether it’s playwriting, screenwriting, fiction writing, heck even comic book writing–is highly competitive. It’s not hard to see why: people love stories. And there are a lot of us who want to write for the stage...
One way to help make your play a success is to write it in an “actor-friendly” way. In other words, to write your script in a way that makes it easier for your actors to do their job well. To that end, there’s one big mistake that many...
In this post, I’m going to share a single word that can help improve your entire play. And not just this play, but every play you ever write. So what is this 1 amazing word? “But.” Stay with me here. This will take just a moment to explain. To do...
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