Writing a play

Well I started. I wrote some scenes in rough and then got out the template. So they want the names in bold capitals, the stage directions in italics and the rest tabbed to fit! For someone who is useless on the computer that makes hard work. One scene ( 0nly one page) took over half an hour. ( two finger typing) How long will a whole play take – and will it be too difficult to stage with two different sets?

I look at the instructions for the competition. It all looks very modern and minimalist. When I get time I may view some of the previous plays but if I do it now it may put me off altogether. Besides, even if I don’t enter this competition I still want to write the play.

What I really want to do is read it out loud to myself and see if I can introduce some humour. People always enjoy something that makes them laugh. I’ve got a month. I’ll let you know how I get on.So far the title is “A Lesson in Love”but that might change.


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I am a retired schoolteacher now writing novels in Worthing where I live with my husband. I record for the Sussex Coast Talking News (Voice of Progress) and am the publicity secretary for the Worthing Friendship Centre. I also give talks on my life and works to local groups.

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