Top Ten Tips for New Play Development Rewriting Survival***
By Laurie Brooks
*Save and date all your drafts to eliminate worry about losing something important. You’ll be more likely to take risks if you know you can always backtrack.
*Careful not to rush to accept someone else’s “fabulous” solution. Be sure it’s right for your play and not just a quick and easy fix. Stay faithful to your original intent. It’s tough to walk the line between wanting to be produced and being true to your work.
*Take brave risks.Don’t be afraid to try dramatic changes. Follow your instincts.
*Be patient. If you believe in yourself, the ideas and solutions will come. Give yourself some room; you won’t be disappointed.
*Keep your sense of humor. It’s hard but try not to take yourself too seriously.
*A production is just a production.Sometimes you have to compromise for the sake of a production, but when the production is over, it’s still your play. You can do whatever you like with it.
*Don’t rush to publish.Once it’s published, it’s done. Take the time to live with your play until you feel satisfied.
*Make a re-writing plan. Think it through before you rush to make major changes. Put your play in a drawer if you can. Time away allows you to see the play with fresh eyes.
*Once you have made significant changes, track them through the play. What may seem like a small change can reverberate throughout your play.
*Try not to be discouraged by criticism. There’s a good chance that a play that raises no controversy might be boring.
***Just because I offer these suggestions doesn’t mean I can always achieve them 100%. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t either!