Am rewriting Just Like Tennessee and I have until 8/15 (4 days) to finish it in order to meet a deadline. As I mentioned before, it’s not that I’ve left out anything, rather that the play is rather condensed. If it were a scarf I’d knitted, it would be knitted too tight. So, I decided the best way to approach this problem it to take it apart scene by scene. See if I can’t loosen it up a bit. This affords me the opportunity to inject a bit more humor, to inject humor into the play a bit earlier, and to look for more places where Tennessee might want to visit the scene.
I wrote out these questions to ask myself of each scene:
What does each character want?
What is the intention of the scene?
What is the arc?
How does the scene forward the play as a whole?
What if anything is missing from this scene? (Would Tennessee add to this scene? What? How?)
Then I began the process. I’ve made it through the first three scenes so far. I’m happy to report that the play is already funnier, and it’s a bit richer because we know a tad (and only a tad) bit more about Enero. I have seventeen scenes to go. I’ll hit it again in the morning.
Are there others out there like me? I can’t be the only writer who writes short. I hear constantly about people who have to cut. Aren’t there any other tight knitters like me? Please! Speak up, share my pain. And tell me how you avoid it, if you’ve learned how over the years.
I’ll send you a free short story. Ha. No, really, I will. If you want it.