Theatrical Tuesday – Begin at the Beginning

Tuesday

As I begin to write my one act play, I’m deliberating where to start it. Do I start like a movie and give a bit of the ordinary world then have something happen that turns the place upside down? Do I have one character come in utterly disturbed and they are the catalyst?

I’m leaning with the latter because it means less set changes, but perhaps I could have them witness something from the “window” and then they all react differently to it. I like that idea too.

Deciding where to start can be hard as a writer because each decision closes doors. It’s important to realize it opens other ones. This forges a path somewhere. Ideally, you should know where you’re headed, but sometimes we don’t.

The important thing is to pick somewhere to start or you’ll never write anything. You can always change it later if it isn’t working.

Many things in life are like that.

Life itself even. I’m constantly evaluating where I am and where I’d like to be. It’s a habit I learned studying LEAN management. Continuous improvement. Often, it takes many small changes over several years, but I digress.

And, of course I need to think about set design. It’s an office, but I think I want it to be a modern, open one.

Ooo, I think I just figured out how to open my play and I think it’s pretty cool.

And that’s how life’s river flows today.
R~

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