A list of playwriting terms and definitions.
If you've already written a monologue, and are interested in developing a play, this is the exercise for you! These steps will help you identify essential information about the story you've created in your monologue and will ask you questions to begin to turn your monologue into a scene!
Are you interested in creating plays from the world around you? Is there an issue in the world you're moved to speak out about? This exercise will help you delve into creating a story around a real-world conflict by exploring the many voices involved in a current events issue. It will also direct you to examples of published plays dealing with current events topics.
Having trouble beginning your play? Do you have too many ideas? Not enough ideas? Here's a simple way to ease into writing a scene without too much pre-planning.
If you are having trouble beginning and want to do some brainstorming to find your characters and the basic outline of your play, here's a great place to start! This is also a useful activity if you find that music helps your thoughts flow.