5 things playwrights should tattoo onto their eyelids

15 Feb

Having spent hundreds of hours readings scripts for three different contests over the last few weeks, here are my top 5 tips to writers when submitting. My experience in this instance is with reading plays, but I imagine the rules apply to other genres too.

1. For the love of sweet kittens, put in page numbers
2. Unless specifically told NOT to, put your name and the title on the script (You’d be amazed how many don’t. I am no longer amazed. I am sadly despondent.)
3. DO NOT develop your own bizarre code which you then try and explain, like “if you see a double // then it refers to the character remembering and reflecting an earlier scene, and an {L} means that the mood lifts”. Stick to standard formats and KEEP IT SIMPLE.
4. Put character descriptions at the beginning. Please. Oh do. I find it rather disconcerting to discover on page 50 that a character is a man who humorously has a woman’s name, and not, in fact, a woman.
5. Meet. The. Deadline.

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2 Responses to “5 things playwrights should tattoo onto their eyelids”

  1. Megan Furniss February 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    Hahahaha. Oh to have seen your face, over and over again.

  2. Maureen Brady Johnson February 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    This is so good! I mean, tape it to the refrigerator and remember it always….GOOD!!!!

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