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 Posted: Mon Aug 29th, 2016 06:24 am
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Hi! I am 14 years old and I have decided to write a musical. I do know it takes a lot of time to write, but it's only a hobby on the side for me now. I tried to write books, but I wasn't one-hundred percent strong in just straight up writing, then I decided to write two songs and I loved it. So then I got the idea to write a musical. The love story is pretty complex for me to explain rn, but the problem I'm having is that the scenes are the same place most of the time. Since the characters are high schoolers, more than half of the scenes is at the school. How can I avoid this? Also, I have only 14 characters with about 4 main characters and two "narrators". Does anyone have any tips?

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tcarullo wrote:
Hi! I am 14 years old and I have decided to write a musical. I do know it takes a lot of time to write, but it's only a hobby on the side for me now. I tried to write books, but I wasn't one-hundred percent strong in just straight up writing, then I decided to write two songs and I loved it. So then I got the idea to write a musical. The love story is pretty complex for me to explain rn, but the problem I'm having is that the scenes are the same place most of the time. Since the characters are high schoolers, more than half of the scenes is at the school. How can I avoid this? Also, I have only 14 characters with about 4 main characters and two "narrators". Does anyone have any tips?

Hello! I know that it has been time since your post, yet I wanted to ask why do you think it is a problem that much of the story is at school? I mean, what do you want to write is important. It's ok in my opinion to be at school as they are students. The point is to build a nice plot, characters and the songs. I hope that your musical is on the way :)

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"I do know it takes a lot of time to write, but it's only a hobby on the side for me now."

"Hobby" is OK for now.

Passion to write it is the key. Writing - or any line of work - must develop OVER TIME into a necessity to survival.

Keep a creative Diary of your daily/weekly whatever observations.

AND NEVER TELL ANYONE YOU ARE KEEPING A DIARY.

TELL ABSOLUTELY NO ONE. NONE. NADA. NEVER. YOU KEEP IT DEEP WITHIN YOUR OWN SOUL AND MIND. AND HIDDEN IN A DRAWER OR ON YOUR COMPUTER. SINCE YOU MUST HAVE A COMPUTER KEEP A BACKUP COPY.

The notes you take now, will give you many years of inspiration in the future.

best,

IMR

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Panagiotis wrote:Hello! I know that it has been time since your post, yet I wanted to ask why do you think it is a problem that much of the story is at school? I mean, what do you want to write is important. It's ok in my opinion to be at school as they are students. The point is to build a nice plot, characters and the songs. I hope that your musical is on the way :)

Just to let you know, I doubt, since it took a year-and-a-half for someone to finally decide to reply, that the OP is still around here or that they're still working on the same piece. I came across a question by another young person that said their question was time-sensitive, having to do with sending a draft to their teacher by a certain date, and it, too, was only responded to several months (eight) later.

It's a shame that OPs who ask questions are answered too late to be of any use to them and probably gave up on receiving replies a long time ago; now, later on, only others are able to benefit from answers to their questions.

Last edited on Wed Jan 24th, 2018 04:20 pm by noviceplaywright

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The person posting the opp - is not the person you should be asking. Often, the theatre doesn't know their opp has been posted here.

The trick is to go to the website, or look for an email in the opp itself that suggests you use for more information.

Paddy

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