The Playwrights Forum Home 
 

SEARCH STAGEPLAYS.COM
THE WORLD'S LARGEST PLAY DATABASE

  STAGEPLAYS BOOKSHOP NEW CYBERPRESS PLAYS PLAYWRIGHTING BOOKS PUBLISH MY PLAY AFFILIATE PROGRAM THE THEATRE BANNER EXCHANGE  
The Playwrights Forum > Welcome > Please, introduce yourself ... > combining obsessions with interest

* STAGEPLAYS WANTS TO PUBLISH YOUR PLAY *
click here for details

 Moderated by: Paddy, Edd
New Topic Reply Printer Friendly
combining obsessions with interest  Rate Topic 
AuthorPost
 Posted: Mon Jun 9th, 2014 07:57 pm
  PM Quote Reply
1st Post
VStick
Member
 

Joined: Mon Jun 9th, 2014
Location:  
Posts: 3
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Hey my name is Paul and I am a new aspiring play write. I'm form Ohio and i have recently started working on a new idea that I could use input on as the the script starts to come to fruition.


Paul.

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Mon Jun 9th, 2014 09:06 pm
  PM Quote Reply
2nd Post
Edd
Moderator


Joined: Sat Jun 10th, 2006
Location: Denver, Colorado USA
Posts: 1631
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
BAD idea. Unfortunately or fortunately, I have learned over many years to stop showing my work until I have finished at least the first draft. If you listen to others at this point, Paul, it won't be entirely your work and you will regret it. Promise. Ask yourself why you want to be a playwright. If it is for money, forget about it. Follow your instinct, work your ass off and then show it to others and/or have a reading with a group of friends.

Here's my provocative opinion: You are either a playwright or you are not.

Do you have any 10 minute or less plays? You might want to post those.

I wish you all the best.

edd

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Tue Jun 10th, 2014 12:55 am
  PM Quote Reply
3rd Post
VStick
Member
 

Joined: Mon Jun 9th, 2014
Location:  
Posts: 3
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
thank you for your honesty
at lest advise me, should i put in my proposed blocking for the script or leave that part alone for now
?

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Tue Jun 10th, 2014 02:52 am
  PM Quote Reply
4th Post
Edd
Moderator


Joined: Sat Jun 10th, 2006
Location: Denver, Colorado USA
Posts: 1631
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
I don't know. What do you think? ;-)

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

 Posted: Tue Jun 10th, 2014 05:41 am
  PM Quote Reply
5th Post
in media res
Moderator
 

Joined: Sun Jul 2nd, 2006
Location:  
Posts: 1954
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Great response to the question, edd.

Yes, VStick, what to you think?

After you tell us that, then I will weigh in with my opinion and others hopefully will with theirs as well.

Welcome to the Forum.

Best,

IMR

Back To Top PM Quote Reply  

 Posted: Sat Jun 14th, 2014 07:58 pm
  PM Quote Reply
6th Post
katoagogo
Member


Joined: Fri Jun 16th, 2006
Location: New London, Connecticut USA
Posts: 902
Status: 
Offline
Mana: 
Paul -

Why are you interested in making this idea into a play? Are you involved with a theater group in your area? Are there other playwrights where you are in Ohio, or is there a playwriting class offered somewhere near you?

If you can find a couple of local colleagues, you might consider forming a small, closed group that gets together every week or two or three to read new pages aloud to each other. The group can then start sharing their reactions and observations about the work with each other.

Cultivating an active, committed small group of artists is a great way to explore new work.

As Edd points out, it can be a bad experience putting work forward that is not yet finished, especially if you are offering it to strangers.

But a group of artists that works together can be a great sounding board and incubator for new work and ideas.

I am currently reading the new book by Pixar founder Ed Catmull - Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration. In it he details the creation and continued reimagining of something they call the Brain Trust - which is a sound board for the projects in development and production. You can get a sense of this from some of the articles available thru FastCompany: http://www.fastcompany.com/person/ed-catmull
This page has links to many of the articles about Pixar and how it works. I recommend the book as well.

Anyway - as Edd suggests, start getting your draft on paper. Once there, find some live local people to read it out loud to you.

--kato

Back To Top PM Quote Reply

Current time is 03:03 am  
The Playwrights Forum > Welcome > Please, introduce yourself ... > combining obsessions with interest Top




UltraBB 1.17 Copyright © 2007-2011 Data 1 Systems
Page processed in 0.1547 seconds (18% database + 82% PHP). 27 queries executed.