Becoming a successful playwright, just like any other career, requires a lot of input for a perfect output. From the struggle to find inspiration to tons of time perfecting a play, it is always a bumpy ride to becoming a successful playwright. Motivated by the passion for becoming a success and probably, the return and pride for earning, unlocking your full potential in the art is achievable. However, you might need to consider the following tips to becoming a successful playwright.
Read and See a Lot of Plays
Reading many plays broadens your imagination and allows you to learn from other successful playwrights. Additionally, reading a lot is a gateway to inspiration; thus, you are probably not going to run out of ideas to develop a play. On the other hand, watching a lot of plays is the only way to know what works and what does not work on stage. Seeing what other writers put down for their play in a theatre helps to know how the audience responds to the play. Through this, one can be able to perfect their play before presentation to the cast, producers, crew members, and finally to the audience.
Write Regularly with a Defined Goal
Notably, this feels like the 10000 hour-of-practice rule by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, and surely it is. Not even the most talented people on the earth have made it past mediocre levels without tons of practice. You need to regularly write with the intent to shorten the gap between your ultimate vision and how much work you need to put in to achieve your vision. Through this, you will perfect your skills as a playwright and easily achieve success in the art.
Attend Read-throughs of Your Script
The only way to know what elements lack in your scripts is by attending a read-through of your script. Additionally, it might help you realize what elements you need to get rid of from your play. Notably, you need to allow actors to give comments on your script since they are meant to improve the quality of your script. Additionally, the comments might be a chance to fuel your inspiration and imagination for new scripts. However, there is a need to develop the ability to decipher what comments are thrown to better your script and the comments that are a criticism of your script.
During production, expect to receive tons of requests to modify some of the scenes of your script. You need to be open-minded and be willing to re-do some of your work. Through this, you allow the director, actors, and all crew members bring out the best out of your skill for a great play worth the audience’s time.
Persistence and Perseverance
In a world so competitive, success requires persistence and perseverance. Successful playwrights will tell you of a rough path they have walked through to achieve new levels of scriptwriting. Don’t give up at the one-yard mark either! Push through the limits with perseverance, and you might be the next great playwright.
With the above-stated tips, one has the power to unlock their full potential to become a successful playwright. Knowing that successful playwrights also passed through a similar path, one can get easily move from a novice playwright to an award-winning professional playwright.