The best way to write your first play is to read, says Scott Hahn, a screenwriter, producer, and actor who wrote and directed a documentary on the subject.
He’s also the author of The Storyteller’s Guide to Writing Playwriting.
“You should be able to get a lot of things right,” Hahn says.
“But you also need to be able tell a story.
If you have a story, you’re going to be a better writer.”
If you don’t have a script or story, there’s always an alternative.
“It’s like being in a world that doesn’t exist,” says writer and director Nick Condon.
“You’re not going to get anywhere unless you take an opportunity to write something, and that’s what I do.
I find it very liberating to be free.”
If your play is not a success, it’s not a failure, says playwright and playwright Tom Stoppard.
That means you should not give up on your dream.
“There’s no way I can write a play with a story that I don’t love,” he says.
If your play doesn’t work out, it can be an opportunity for a new direction.
“If your agent wants you to do a movie, they should be willing to put their money where their mouth is,” says Hahn.
“That’s what my agents have always done.
I can’t do that with a play.”
Hahn, Hahn and Stoppart are all members of the Writers on the Water Collective, a group of writers who work on projects around the country that promote writing and the arts.
The group works to build an industry for writers to get their work seen and heard.
They work on stories about the arts and their stories about how writers have come to create.
In the documentary, Haines says, “They didn’t need me to write a story for them to make the movie.
They were willing to pay for the movie, which I appreciated.”
Haines is a graduate of the U.S. National Theater with a degree in film and theater.
He lives in Los Angeles and writes regularly on his blog, Hains Plays.
He is also the creator of the playwriting podcast, A Playwriting Podcast.
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