Throwing stuff away

My playwrights’ group met yesterday. We had some actors join us, and we read some scenes and discussed them.

I wrote this great scene that conveys the chaos of moving a business into a new space. But it doesn’t show the main character acting strongly to get what she wants.

So. Time to rewrite. Throw away that version, and write a new one.

I guess no effort is ever wasted. I know the characters better now, I know some of the facts of their story better. But I still hate to set aside something good.

A story is not simply a set of events. The story is the set of times when the main character acts most strongly to get what he or she wants.

Wah, wah, playwriting is hard.


Happy holidays, everyone.


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