How to Write A Play In 9 Easy Steps

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  1. Write the name of the play on a piece of paper. Make sure that the name is short, catchy and original. The name should reflect what you want the play to be about.

  2. Write down a list of characters. For each character, come up with a name, a personality, an age, and a physical appearance. Think about how the characters are related to and interact with one another. A few detailed characters are better than a bunch of flat characters. If it helps, you can also draw pictures of your characters and/or explain their backstories.

  3. Write down your overall setting. Is your play taking place in the present, the past, or the future? What country is it taking place in? Or is it set in a fantasy world where magic exists? Describe your setting in detail.

  4. Outline the plot. Your play needs a beginning, in which the characters and the setting are introduced; a middle, where events that affect the characters start to happen, forcing the characters to respond; a climax, where the final confrontation takes place and the main character either achieves or fails to achieve their goal; and an ending, where the characters deal with the aftermath of the final confrontation. At this point, you should just briefly outline the plot.

  5. Scene settings: Different scenes of the play can be set in different locations, but the overall setting should remain the same. Make sure to begin each scene by writing down the location and time when it takes place. Use as much detail to describe the location as possible– this will help you recreate the background when you perform your play.

  6. Stage directions: Write the names of your characters and describe exactly what they are doing in each scene, so that the actor(s) /actress(s) knows what he/she is doing. This will make it easy for the actors and actresses to study and practice their lines.

  7. Write the lines. Make sure that they fit with each character’s personality and emotions. Try to be creative and to not use any cliches.

  8. Find your actors and actresses. Your cast can include your friends, your family, and your classmates. Try to assign parts based on who you think would play the role best, not based on who you’re best friends with.

  9. Perform it! Make sure that your actors have costumes and know their lines. Practice is essential. And make sure that you have all the props and backdrops that you need. Whether you’re putting the play on and school or at home, remember to have fun! If you perservere, and keep writing plays, one day you might be good enough to write a Hollywood movie!

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