Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Playwriting Problems

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Back in October I came up with a basic idea of a play, or should I say an idea of what I wanted a play to achieve. I decided I wanted to write a play that explores the struggles of trying to lead a 'normal life' whilst having anorexia. I thought I could use this play as a way to dispell some stereotypes of the disorder whilst having the opportunity to play up the stereotype of student life. This was totally different to my usual approach, I normally start with characters and plot and back story but this time I just had a concept.

This concept mulled over in my brain for a good few months, for one reason or another I just had no idea what I was going to do with it. Now that I think about it, I think I was scared of doing it wrong because I really care about getting it right. In a way it is never going to be right for everyone because there is no one experience, there are one million and one stories.

Then I eventually started to write, this all went okay at first purely because I'd thought so much about it. However, lately I seem to be hitting problem after problem - one of which I have no idea how to solve. Reality is far more shocking than what a stage can handle and I'm not really sure how to get around that. I want to do justice to the people that fight the disorder every day but at the same time I need to pull it down to a believable reality. How I'm going to do this, I've got no idea.

I suppose in a way this is all good because the best writing is done with care and attention but it feels like I am being frustratingly gentle with the characters at the moment. Fingers crossed I'm going them justice!

Hannah x

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