How to Protect Your Work

Writing plays isn’t known for paying the bills. I’d say about 99% of self-proclaimed playwrights have a day job. Don’t fact-check me. I include myself in this category of part-time playwrights. That being said, my day job is pretty sweet. I build websites for a 100% remote Digital Marketing Agency. While I consider this perk amazing, it certainly has the

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How to Give and Receive Criticism

No one likes to be critiqued. You may think you do, but you don’t. At best, you enjoy the process of learning that comes from being critiqued, or maybe being critiqued doesn’t bother you, but no one likes it. After all, our brains are naturally incentivized towards praise and social acceptance. All of which is beside the point: you are

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The Truth About “Show, Don’t Tell”

We read the first scene of my play during a recent playwriting class. There was some confusion over some details of the characters during the critique. A fictionalization of the ensuing conversation went as follows: TEACHERI’m unsure who these characters are. Are you telling a story about a debate club? MEA College Republican club. It’s a national advocacy organization for

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How to Write Political Theatre

I’d be willing to bet you’ve had some feelings about politics in the past few years. There’s an endless stream of things to be angry about. A lot of people carry a sense of hopelessness. They look for ways to find meaning in the chaos, provide a sense of catharsis or comfort, be heard. These are excellent motivators to write

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The Top 3 Clichéd Writing Tips (and Why They’re Misleading)

Before beginning my writing journey, I often had a romanticized version of what life as a writer would involve. My experience was limited. Most of my playwriting knowledge came from researching YouTube videos of already-successful playwrights offering “tips,” and cultural adages that, when applied in practice, miss the mark. It’s often tricky for successful playwrights to explain their process in

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