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 Posted: Thu Dec 12th, 2013 10:02 am
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Gary,

Playwrights can spend many dollars on how to write plays.

But…

I just format my own with playwriting format on on Microsoft Word for my plays.

Always has worked fine.


Sample: NAMES CENTERED. DIALOGUE FLUSH LEFT.

GEORGE
How are things, Harry?

PATRICK
Going great, Pal.

CENTERED NAME
Dialogue that follows always seems to work.

No software program will ever help you write your play.


Software programs may help you in a Screenplay format, as there are pagination structures that equal TiME in a movie script. And Final Draft and other make millions in the promise of success in those areas of dramatic writing.

But good old Aristotelian structure with heart and soul still seems to work in plays. No matter the length of the play.

So, pick up The Poetics by Aristotle and study the Greek plays and Shakespeare.

John Logan, in an interview I once read, said he was not getting what he wanted from Northwestern University, one of the premier Theatre Schools in America. He basically then, concurrently, went and taught himself by reading Shakespeare and other great plays. (From an article I read.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Logan_(writer)

Mind you, I can not speak for the guy, but if you look at his credits, he really knows what he is doing. And I don't see any software programs in any of his Google searches.

If you want art by the numbers, go buy a Venus Paradise Coloring Set.

Best,

IMR

P.S. My Centering of the NAME and then FLUSH LEFT of the dialogue does not translate to this site with my post. But you will figure it out. It is standard stuff.