I want to turn my novel ideas into a play
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Posted 1/14/18 , edited 1/15/18
I need some assistance here.

How do I write a play when I have too many characters and ideas for this story? I have a feeling this is going to be a long one. I'm working on two different stories that I want both to be turned into a play. But each story will have a lot of characters. I feel that it will have too many characters.


What do you think I should do?
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what you need to do is research some ideas on how plays/scripts are put together. such as scene one, act one raise curtain or something like that. there's probably some sites that can help to start you off https://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Play-Script make certain to search for further and phrase it to your liking.

you can always break them down, too long and you'll lose your audience, too boring and too much detail will take away from the plot and character development. you want to make it not long and not short, details but not too detailed. and there are cases where you can edit and condense things to trigger act one being part one and act two being act two. there are many methods to put into play here, it's entirely up to you. and be fair warned, be prepared for slaughter. directors will twist it, delete, add.... you are the writer, they are the visionary, that's just how it is. when you become famous like King, then you can simply have your stuff redone how you wanted them done in the first place, until then you're trapped with mostly their doing. however you will find those rare directors who will try to keep it original, but they are fading. a play or a movie, a script is still a script. instead of insert cgi here, it's insert background floating clouds and whatnot. best of luck.
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Bunny gave some good advice on how to write it technically.

The only thing I really want to add is to make sure that you are focusing on scenes. I'm not an expert on playwriting, but I think the way the story is handled should be very different. Each piece sort of needs to make up a story in and of itself. I guess, just think about the emotional arc of each scene instead of just thinking about the arc of the whole story (which is something you should be doing anyway, but I think it is of elevated importance here).

Also think about what you can do on a budget. Theres a lot of things that you just can't do on a stage that you would be able to do in your imagination or in a movie. You have some pretty heavy limitations.
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sundin13 wrote:

Bunny gave some good advice on how to write it technically.

The only thing I really want to add is to make sure that you are focusing on scenes. I'm not an expert on playwriting, but I think the way the story is handled should be very different. Each piece sort of needs to make up a story in and of itself. I guess, just think about the emotional arc of each scene instead of just thinking about the arc of the whole story (which is something you should be doing anyway, but I think it is of elevated importance here).

Also think about what you can do on a budget. Theres a lot of things that you just can't do on a stage that you would be able to do in your imagination or in a movie. You have some pretty heavy limitations.


I've changed my mind I'm going to do a play for another story.


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niotabunny wrote:

what you need to do is research some ideas on how plays/scripts are put together. such as scene one, act one raise curtain or something like that. there's probably some sites that can help to start you off https://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Play-Script make certain to search for further and phrase it to your liking.

you can always break them down, too long and you'll lose your audience, too boring and too much detail will take away from the plot and character development. you want to make it not long and not short, details but not too detailed. and there are cases where you can edit and condense things to trigger act one being part one and act two being act two. there are many methods to put into play here, it's entirely up to you. and be fair warned, be prepared for slaughter. directors will twist it, delete, add.... you are the writer, they are the visionary, that's just how it is. when you become famous like King, then you can simply have your stuff redone how you wanted them done in the first place, until then you're trapped with mostly their doing. however you will find those rare directors who will try to keep it original, but they are fading. a play or a movie, a script is still a script. instead of insert cgi here, it's insert background floating clouds and whatnot. best of luck.


I've decided to do a play for another story.
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