How to Write a Play

Writing for the stage is different than writing for a film script. While many of the storytelling aspects are the same, there are differences important to note. In Script Magazine’s How to Write a Play section, you’ll find tips on theme, premise, plot, outlining, formatting a stage play, writing dialogue, scenes and the differences between successful one-act or multi-acts plays.

Ask the Expert – Writing for Theatre and for Film

Question: “What are the main differences and similarities between writing for the stage versus the screen?” Answer: An idea comes … like a whiff of smoke. I chase it … sometimes it vanishes in the wind … I turn one way, then another, and it’s gone: there’s nothing there. On other...

Play Structure Made… OPTIONAL!

No matter how they're actually divided, plays, like movies, have three acts. In the first act, we introduce characters that want something, who are in conflict. In the second act, they try to get it, with lots of resulting complications. In the third act, the play picks up speed and races...

Getting Your Exercise

Generally speaking, the more I write, the better I write. Why? Because writing, just like playing a sport, requires certain muscles, and the more you exercise them, the better you get. So in the spirit of improving your writing fitness, here are exercises that, unlike with pro wrestling, you can try...

Absence Makes the Play Grow Bigger

Every once in a while, a "big" play like Angels in America comes along, but many (if not most) of today's playwrights, and particularly the less experienced ones who watch too much television, are writing smaller and smaller plays. Too many plays have become insular, relationship-centered affairs.

Good Plays Done Cheap

You ever wonder why one-person plays got so popular? Sure, they're the ultimate vehicle for an actor, and, in fact, several of the best plays I've ever seen have been for one performer. But it sure is cheaper to pay one performer than ten, isn't it?

How to Have a Useful Play Reading

Play readings are an important step in developing your new play, and they come in all shapes and sizes. It might just be you and some friends reading your play at the kitchen table so that you can hear how it sounds out loud.