1. Prep your tools!
Before you start re-drafting, get some prep done, so you can approach editing with a clear focus and make the most of your writing time.
2. Reworking your structure
Released 31 May 2018
3. Characters: when to build, when to demolish
Released 7 June 2018
4. Creating an explosive opening scene!
Released 14 June 2018
5. Streamlining the middle of your play
Released 21 June 2018
6. Dramatic Climax and ending with a bang!
Released 28 June 2018
7. Rethinking dialogue
Released 5 July 2018
8. Digging deeper: how ruthless is your editing style?
Released 12 July 2018
9. Polishing your script
Released 19 July 2018
10. Moving forward: what to do next
Released 26 July 2018
Exercise 2: Character and plot – questionnaire
Answer the questions below for each of your characters. The questions are designed to get you thinking about how your characters fit into your plot.
You’ll hopefully find that most of your answers correspond with major plot points in your play. If this isn’t the case, and your answers seem completely unrelated to the plot, it’s a good indicator that you need to do some more work on your characters to make sure they serving your story as they should!
- What do they NEED? Would something complete them as a character?
- What is there flaw and do you think they will overcome it in the play?
- What do they WANT? Is this different from their need?
- What obstacles stand in the way of the character achieving what they want and need? Are these obstacles convincing?
- What will the character lose if they don’t achieve their goal? (What’s at stake?)
- Why would the audience empathise with this character? What makes us care about them?
- How does the character change in the play?
- Does the character achieve their goal in the play? Or not?
- How does the journey end for this character? is there a moral message you are trying to convey through their ending?