When I first attempted to write a play, I approached it like I would write a novel; rich with creative juices and big words and dramatic language. This was completely wrong. A play is essentially a script, therefore primarily dialogue. I found this out whilst on a short playwriting course, which I found brilliant. The reason it was brilliant was because the two people running it provided us with many excellent word games, and they helped me to focus on how to write in the style of a play. It took a couple of weeks, but I soon learned that I needed to concentrate on writing dialogue, and think about how this would translate onto a stage.
And so here are my top 5 beginners’ tips for writing a play: Continue reading