Category Archives: How to Find/Create Characters

The science behind good plays

Researchers have done a lot of work in the past few years on what makes a compelling story. You can use the results of their research to help you make your plays express your passion for what you’re writing. What … Continue reading

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This is what schizophrenia *really* looks like

There’s this video that’s gone viral, and I can see why. It’s baffling, it’s disturbing, and I watched it several times. I found a transcription of this guy’s rant, and cleaned it up a little. I’ll post that below. But … Continue reading

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Dream Logic – how it can help your plays, part 2

So, in a previous post, I talked about what I learned at the “Dream Logic” session at the Dramatists Guild conference in August. In this post, I’m going to talk about some examples I came up with on how you … Continue reading

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Dream Logic – how it can help your plays, part 1

Think about a dream you had last night. Or recently. Did you try to describe it to somebody? If so, how did you explain it?

You probably used the phrase “dream logic” when you were trying to describe how one scene effortlessly transformed into another, how the place looked different but you knew it was the same, the way that this one person is really somebody else even without the slightest bit of resemblance.

It’s all hard to explain in the light of day, but it makes complete sense when you’re dreaming. That’s dream logic. Continue reading

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Problems with dialogue in your plays, and how to fix them, part 2

Here are some more of the great things I learned about how to fix problems with dialogue in your plays at the “Dialog Isn’t Talking” session at the Dramatists Guild conference. There’s no subtext, or the characters spend too much time … Continue reading

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Problems with dialogue in your plays, and how to fix them, part 1

I went to the Dramatists Guild conference in August, and I went to some truly amazing sessions. One of them was “Dialog Isn’t Talking.” I’m going to post some of the great things I learned about how to fix problems … Continue reading

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Lessons from reading plays #1: a simple way to make sure your characters sound different.

I’m a reader for a festival this spring. If I haven’t said this before, I’ll say it now: be a play reader for a festival, theater, or competition. You’ll learn a lot about playwriting. This week, I’m reading this one … Continue reading

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