Playrights, Lydia R. Diamond, David Henry Hwang and Suzan-Lori Parks

I’m about to begin studying theatre from all aspects as I move forward into producing and writing plays.  Writing fictional short stories is where I began as a writer as early as my childhood and I enjoy playing around with characters, so what better way to actually see the characters I create, come alive, finally.  I have no educational background in the performing arts but it is a hidden passion inside of me so the time is now, I feel, to get out there in the performing arts world and enhance my writing skills.

I stumbled across this video on YouTube today and it motivated me as a beginner playwright and thought I’d share it with you all.  I respect all genres of writing and often read a book or research the writer to connect more with their work.  This video in particular posed questions to the playwrights that were so simplistic and questions that I’ve found myself thinking about, often.

There are so many people who want to write and publish books but are afraid to write out of a variety of fears for various reasons.  What has been helpful to me is similar to what Parks said in this video about just allowing your writing to speak for itself (the example she gave about marinating food).

I also connected with Hwang when he said he enjoys when his plays (writings) are finished by him, first.  Before the editors and other collaborators get their hands on it and make changes.  I think all writers can connect with that frame of thought.  I remember my first handwritten manuscript for my book God, Do I Hear Wedding Bells book.  When I wrote the last sentence, at odd hours in the morning, I felt complete, accomplished, successful, etc.  I hadn’t even typed it yet but just those feelings of completion, gave me the initial burning desires to write more, and more and more.  That’s when the next book was published after that and the blogs started and more journal entries towards writing and so forth.

Listening to the questions that the playwrights were asking each other made me come up with a few quick tips for all writers to leave you with:

  • Connect with other professional writers
  • Don’t be so consumed with creating rules for your writings
  • Carry with you at all times, a notebook, journal, or use your smartphone/tablet notes or voice memo apps, ideas will pop up in your mind at the oddest times and places.
  • Don’t write within the mindset of who your audience will be or for your audience, just write what comes out of you.

Don’t be defined by your preconceived notion of what “success” is. Success is finding a way to do the work, finishing the work, and moving on to the next project. – Lydia R. Diamond

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