Writing a play is a fun and exciting way to express yourself, learn a new skill, and make some money. However, there are many mistakes that beginners and even intermediate stage writers commit when they begin writing plays.
Mistakes to Avoid
* “Incorrect”Bad Dialogue”: Unless your acting career is very advanced, dialogue will make or break your play. If you have trouble establishing who is speaking before the action begins, you have a problem with dialogue.
* “Too Much Action:”: It can be interesting, but too much action will distract the audience from the point of the play. The audience should be able to follow the plot of the play without getting bogged down in the action.
* Plot But Not Plots: A novel that lacks a central plot is just a well-written book. Your play does not need to include a plot that is a “slam dunk.”
* “Good Acting”Bad Acting”: In the theatre, you will see actors on stage that are not the type of person you want to have in your play. These individuals are called “Bad Actors”Bad Audience Members.”
* “Disorganized Stage Directions:” As a stage actor, you know that you are responsible for your own stage directions. If your stage directions are illegible, disorganized, contradictory, or unclear, you should take responsibility for that and revise it.
* “Poor Production” Unwanted Reading: Every good play has a reputation as a quality play. If your performance turns off audience members, they will never come back. You need to work on creating an engaging story.
* “Incorrect Content”: This is an age-old method of stopping any play that might become popular. If a reviewer finds something that they do not like, they will mention that specific thing about your play on their review, whether it’s factual or not.
* “Too Many Characters:”: Do not add more characters than you need, or alter the basic theme of the play. Your audiences do not care about the new characters.
* “Unacceptable Setting:”: When writing a play, you should choose a setting that is apt to the story you have in mind. If the setting is inappropriate, the story cannot be told.
* “Bad Humor:”: Using bad jokes on the stage, or making inappropriate comments at the wrong times detracts from the creativity of the play. You will not be taken seriously if your audience doesn’t laugh.
* “Indecisiveness:”: Improvisation is the key to a successful play. If you are unsure how a scene is written, do not write that scene.