INTRODUCTION TO PLAY WRITING (An Experimental Approach)

 

This is an experimental approach to play writing, gathered from my play writing experience.

 Before we begin to pour out words, let’s ask ourselves what play/drama is?

Play/drama basically means action. 

I don’t know where it was coined, Greek or France or May be England. 

Who knows? 
But the word ACTION has been in existence since the first man. 
Cain kill Abel

Right?

 and the world was watching. 

Well, that’s a dramatic scene.

 Play/drama is one of the literary genre which basically means live action that’s presently happening now, as in right now.

Writing a scenery is like capturing one section of life at a given PLACE and TIME.

 I lay emphasis on the given PLACE and TIME because a scene must happen somewhere at a given instance of time.

 What’s now a scene?

 A scene is the place, time and circumstance, in which any thing happens.

A Scene answers the questions of:

When,

 where,

 who,

 what,

 which, 

whom 

and the likes. 

A scene can happen anywhere and anytime like:
 2:00AM in the bedroom, 9:00AM in the classroom, 3:00PM in the cafeteria, roadside, 
et al just any given place as at that point in time.

That’s why drama of all Literary genre takes PRESENT TENSE. 
Your action I mean.

 Now let’s get down to another level of business. 
Before you Start writing play, you need to understand some basic things.

 (2) A play is a literary piece creatively written to be staged or acted. 

(3) A scene also known as a flash drama is the basic unit of a play, and the compilation of many scenes make a full play.

A DRAMATIC SCENE and NON-DRAMATIC SCENE.

 

A DRAMATIC SCENE: This has to be a static location/environment and a definite time. 
A dramatic scene must have a minimum of two characters to interact with each other and the environment. 
For example: Christian met Mary at the roadside beside Total filling station at 8:00PM
A NON DRAMATIC SCENE:
 This is a dynamic scene in which the environment is constantly changing from place to place at different instance of time. 
For example: A scenery of Policemen chasing armed robbers on the road from one street to another at different time intervals.
Hence, such kind isn’t deem fit a dramatic scene worthy to be written due to its constantly changing environment at different point in time.

(4) IMAGINATION is a key role in writing creatively, especially drama/play which has a lot of technicalities there in it. 
Writers must be able to imagine vividly to write creatively. Imagining a scene is one of  which requires deep and wild thinking to be able to come up with something realistic and relatable.

(5) MAKE IT REAL: Whether it’s a fiction or non fiction try as much as possible to make it real, let your words and creativity make your characters come alive so that your readers can engage with them, see, touch and feel them.

(6) PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS: 

Give enough details and information about your characters to let your readers know they are not ordinary words, they are human, yes your characters are HUMAN, provide enough details to make them real.

(7) BE CONCISE AND EXACT:

 Be very concise and succinct in every of the details and the information you provide for your characters, the environment/location/place and time.

(8) RESEARCH for unclear role/attitude of the characters and the location/environment/place the drama occur to make the play come alive and real.
 (9) Every narrative has a beginning, climax and ending part.

Tutorials by Instructor Jamiu Ahmed.

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