This time last year I started my play-writing course with the Open University. I also signed up for NaNoWriMo. Unfortunately I found it impossible to attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days and learn the basis rules of play-writing, where less is more and you are trying to tell the story using as few words as possible. In play-writing, you have to tell the story without writing long descriptive paragraphs about the weather and what your characters are wearing, you can’t give them long inner monologues or tell the reader exactly what they are thinking and feeling at any given moment.
On the other hand, when you are trying to churn out as many words as you can, these are all invaluable tools. I had to give up on the novel writing last year in order to concentrate on the play-writing course.
I’ve read a few plays recently but I haven’t tried writing one in a while. I did come across a couple of links for anyone who is thinking about playwriting.
The first is an article in The Irish Times called Budding playwright? Then here’s how to take your latest script from page to stage. It’s a six-point plan of how to become a playwright! Number 1 is write the play!
The second is a competition run by the Soho Theatre in London. It’s called the Verity Bargate Award. It’s open to playwrights in the UK and Ireland, the prize is £5000 and the deadline is 11 March 2010.
So I will have plenty of time to write sometime, once National Novel Writing Month comes to an end.