“To become a playwright, you should be a [person] with imagination and common sense, to begin with. You must be observant. You must never be satisfied with superficial knowledge. You must have patience to search for causes. You must have a sense of balance and good taste. You should know economy, psychology, sociology. You can learn these things with patience and hard work – and if you do not learn them, no approach will make a good playwright of you.” Laos Egri, The Art of Dramatic Writing, p. 278
Welcome to Writer Wednesday! Today’s blog is about writing stage plays. Now why would a TV writer blog about plays? Because I’m trying to write one! So I figured I’d share my experience so far for those of you who are aspiring TV writers interested in learning more behind-the-scenes stuff about the working life of a TV writer.
When I first started out in TV, I learned that TV shows are a direct descendent of plays. It began with on the stage, moved to radio, and ended up on TV. Today, the Internet is where a lot of original storytelling can be found. But it all traces back to ole Will and the stage play. TV shows, like stage plays and radio, are all about the language. The story is told through words – i.e. DIALOGUE.
(Keep reading after the jump for more on stage plays and TV!)