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
Hopefully, through the last session, you were able to get your structure sorted. It’s now really good time to check in with your characters and make sure they’re serving your play as they should.
Your characters are the vehicle for your story. They need to be brilliant, to spark empathy, but most of all, they need to be necessary.
Before you start developing your characters further, it’s a really good idea to check whether they’re needed in the play at all!
In this session, you’ll find a fun quiz which will help you figure out if there are any characters you could cut from your play (!) plus a couple of exercises to help you further develop the characters you decide to keep.
Once you’ve worked through the exercises, you’ll find you need to edit some of your scenes to reflect the things you’ve discovered and the changes you’ve made – in this respect, taking a closer look at your characters can help you gain a fresh perspective on editing your work.