Creativity #18 - It doesn't have to be perfect!

Probably my most profound insight about my writing came the day I realized that my computer play writing doesn't have to be perfect. I can make my play perfect or better when working with actors in rehearsal. So I can write and write and write now with very little judgement during the writing process.

Yes, I still do the "write write write sleep on it and then edit" strategy I have talked about in previous Creativity Journal entries, but even when I edit, I do it quickly, more for grammar and syntax, vs. "WRITING THE PERFECT PLAY" for I know most of the streamlining of my lines and the play will happen in rehearsal.

A play is really just a script until it is embodied by actors and developed and staged. Yet so many playwrights spend literally years "perfecting" their plays, when they could save decades by working on their plays with actors in rehearsal.

So now I write very fast. I don't really "worry" about the script until I work with actors, for I know it is going to change once the actors get their hands on it.

Actors will change your writing. They will make you see things you never saw in your own work.  

I do make sure my STORY is compelling, or funny or whatever the play's intention is, but I don't worry about the lines now. I do that later. It is freedom. And my writing rocks.

And my plays turn out good too!

Ken Wolf