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How to Write a Play in 7 Easy Steps

Writing a play may seem hard, but if you follow these super-duper easy steps you’ll be the toast of Broadway in no time!

1.) Procrastinate

Any good writer knows that the best way to start a project is by putting it off for as long as possible. You’ve got plenty of time to write this play; what you should be doing now is googling the size of the world’s biggest pizza and if it was actually any good. Finding out this type of stuff might come in handy!

 

2.) Tell Yourself You Are Going to Do It Tomorrow

You’ve procrastinated long enough, now it’s time to get to work. But who are we kidding? It can wait a day.

3.) Start Writing It

Enough putting this off, you’ve got to get on your computer, open up that writing program, click on “new document,” minimize that window, open Facebook, and look at that.

4.) Complain to Non-Writers about How Hard Writing Is

Writing can be very solitary work, so, to stay sane, you’ve got to talk to other people. The most interesting conversation you can have is about yourself and your non-writer friends will appreciate the endless recounting of the blood, sweat, and tears that go into crafting a great play. Tell them you don’t like to get into specifics about what you’re writing so they don’t know you haven’t started yet. And if the conversation runs dry, tell them about that huge pizza you “researched.”

5.) Take a Nap

You’re tired, you should lie down. Bonus: If you have a dream, you can write about that.

6.) Panic

Let’s face it, you’re never going to get this thing done. How come all you do is nap and think about pizza? You’re a failure and you haven’t even started yet. Who do you think you are? [Insert your favorite playwright’s name] never had this much trouble writing a play! I bet [Insert your least favorite playwright’s name] never had this much trouble, and that person stinks!

7.) Write the Play

Sit down and do it. Actually do it this time. Come up with a great story and awesome characters and put them on the page. Let your imagination run wild. Take breaks when you need to, but enjoy the act of creation. You’ll wonder why you put off doing this. You wasted hours, if not days, thinking about some enormous pizza and for what? I don’t know why you were so interested in that thing in the first place, I mean sure it’s big, but how does it taste?

And that is how you write a play. Enjoy your fame and money.

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Tim Racine, Brooklyn-based playwright and comedian

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