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How to Write a Play

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A stage play involves drama and action as its most pure actions. All you’ve got to work with is characters and language. If you want to join the ranks of Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Arthur Miller, you need to develop a bold, character-driven story meant to be performed in a theater. With a good vision, great writing, and a little luck, you’ll get to experience the thrill of seeing your finished play performed. Whether you’re writing a play to be shown on television or just writing for fun, it’s always fun to try.

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  1. ↑https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/zc8tgk7/revision/1
  2. ↑https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/drama/
  3. ↑https://www.writerscookbook.com/stage-play-writing-ingredients/
  4. ↑https://www.theatreontario.org/resources/training-resources/school-tools-for-high-school/writing-a-play.aspx
  5. ↑https://sites.google.com/site/allaboutwritingscreenplays/writing-sequences-for-a-screenplay
  6. ↑https://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/drama/
  7. ↑http://www.playwriting101.com/chapter04
  8. ↑https://ptfaculty.gordonstate.edu/lking/CPF_play_formatting2.pdf
  9. ↑https://ptfaculty.gordonstate.edu/lking/CPF_play_formatting2.pdf
  1. ↑https://ptfaculty.gordonstate.edu/lking/CPF_play_formatting2.pdf
  2. ↑https://ptfaculty.gordonstate.edu/lking/CPF_play_formatting2.pdf

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To write a play, start each scene with a location and time of day, like INT. RESTAURANT — NIGHT. Below that, write stage directions that describe what, and who, is onstage. When writing dialogue, indent the character’s name at least 4 inches, write it in all caps, then write what they’re saying below their name. Once you’re comfortable with formatting, start your first draft by putting characters together somewhere significant to them, and giving them a minor challenge to confront. Keep writing until you find an external plot that allows them to confront their internal conflicts. To learn how to come up with interesting, realistic characters, keep reading!

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How to Write a Play. A stage play involves drama and action as its most pure actions. All you've got to work with is characters and language. If you want to join the ranks of Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Arthur Miller, you need to develop a…