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 Posted: Thu Oct 31st, 2019 11:41 am
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David R. Garland
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How do you know when a concept is a poor one, and should be scrapped for a new idea? Also, is outlining essential, or can you just start and let the story develop as you go? Just curious about y'alls thoughts on this.Thanks

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David, I have never used an outline in my life. For me, it gets in my way. I trust my subconscious to show me the way, and my characters, of course. It's an organic approach for me. I don't understand it and I don't recommend it. I'm strange. As for how do you know when a concept is a poor one: when you can't do anything with it, I suppose. David, both your questions seem subjective to me—only you know the answer to both of them. BUT, thanks to your questions, you may have helped other playwrights here to know they are not alone in their concerns. Best, Edd

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It should excite you, it should compel you, it should demand to be born

It should also stand up to scrutiny - has it been done a thousand times before?

If so, do you have a sufficiently original angle to justify it being done again

Above all, it should entice you, urge you to discover what happens next and discover more about your ghostly characters

Finally, a few words of advice from my late, great agent Peggy Ramsay: "Don't talk about it, write about it"

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Just tell the story that's burning in your bellly.

That's the good one.

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