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 Posted: Wed Aug 4th, 2010 02:51 pm
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Doug B

Joined: Thu May 20th, 2010
Location: Eastsound, Washington USA
Posts: 94
I agree with Edd.  I have given up on communal play writing.  We have an active play writing group and many actors who love to read new works.  I have taken plays to the group and what I get is every writers opinion of what play I should have written.  Comments, in general, were not helpful:  "You can do better than this." "I hate her (Beth), I hate her, I hate her!" "It needs to be funnier" and so on.   Before you think it is the group's fault, I need to mention that most of the members feel they get great help and support from the group.

My latest effort ended up being a waste of time - I was going in circles trying to make the play all things to all people.  I looked at the tenth or eleventh revision and realized that it was no longer the play I wanted to write.

After a while, I got so (unreasonably) defensive that all I was doing was trying to justify what I had written.  In the end my feelings were hurt and I gave up on the play.  In a childish fit, I also gave up on the play writing group.  Thinking back on the two years that have passed since I left the group, I have come to the conclusion that I didn't get much help or inspiration from the group.

I also agree with Edd that the playwright is the best person to critique their work.  When I see my play in rehearsals (not usually in readings though), I can tell what works and what doesn't work.  I can see the places where the director is taking the play in a direction I didn't intend.  I can make the necessary changes without losing my vision of the play. 

I have read that there are two kinds of writers:  Those who feel that whatever they write is not good enough and those who feel every word is just perfect and no change is ever necessary.  Unfortunately, I am in the second group.


Last edited on Wed Aug 4th, 2010 03:00 pm by Doug B