I am a new writer, the actors I met at the auditions , workshop and interview are spectacular. I feel like I will stick out a mile for not having ideas and I can't say that is good for a writer.
I am not yet at the stage where I'm flying with my writing and I'm sure if myself and know I will never run out of ideas. In fact in group situations I often freeze or get fright of some kind and have to fall back on relying on everyone else.
I also don't have many ideas, or nothing much good, which also can't be good for a writer. But with a spark of an idea I can write on my laptop and run with ideas until I need another suggestion.
Most of my writing begins from real life with a lot of auto or other biographical and sometimes people terrify me. I have aspergers and schizophrenia. The aspergers makes things difficult in a social group and the schizophrenia makes it necessary to not get too stressed
I am pretty stressed about the whole idea.
I will need to get fitter, so I can be on my feet for a week intensive 10-5 and I really do need help with how to improve my confidence as a writer and theatre person with actual stage able ideas.
They were impressed with my sample writing, and I got through the workshop and interview but if anyone can help by giving me an idea of how to be more sure about my creativity and ideas for exercises I can do?
Is it a good idea to look at a bunch of poems and just open my mind to how I would want to stage them?
I will probably do that, and read about Devised theatre .I'm meeting the writer selected for this company last year, I am a new writer, I've only been writing for theatre for a year and a half or do and I haven't strayed far from autobiography
One way to prepare yourself is through doing the work of other people. Get involved with play production in your area. You can work onstage, backstage, help with costumes, or lighting, or lend a hand in the front of house.
This will get you involved with the theater community, and help get you used to the production process and rigor. You will meet people who are passionate about theater. This is community building.
From there you can invite people to gather for a reading of one of your plays around a table. You can ask them for their reactions and start a dialogue.
If you were a budding guitar player you wouldn't want to be on stage in front of a crowd before you'd learned a lot of guitar licks, right? You'd go and watch others perform and you'd see first hand how it's done. Then you might start playing in the back a little bit before moving to the center.
The same is true for learning the ropes around theatrical production. There's a lot to learned working on a show. Show up and volunteer to lend a hand. You'll build your confidence and a network of theater friends.
Clouddog, you are prepared. What you are not is confident.
You bring your valued writing skills, your life experiences, your unique grasp on illuminating concepts and struggles that have placed you in this happy situation in the first place. Your thoughts on preparing staging for poetry is a great example of the mental process to undertake. Let it flow, save the critical process for review and editing.
In the collaborative situation you will be entering, there will be a synthesis of your talents with those of your cohorts. There will be struggles, challenges, breakthroughs, and accomplishments that cannot be known fully until they occur. The only real preparation you can make at this time is to hold tight to your own guiding principles and stay flexible as to the input of others.
The literary world is full of tortured souls too numerous to mention who produced masterpieces while they battled their own personal demons. It is part of the territory we travel.
If you don't mind, I'll share a bit of my own poetry:
Think of this when life seems cold
With its pleasures gone -
Diamonds come from chunks of coal
When the pressure's on.