On the last day of October I saw a call to join an alternative to NANOWRIMO, which I’m sure you know is the annual National Write a Novel Month. I did this one year and wrote more than 51,000 words on a new novel, which I’ve never finished, and likely never will. The alternative was to write a play a day for the month of November. The challenge was presented by Red Theater of Chicago. I’m not familiar with their work, but a playwriting friend of mine had accepted this challenge, and I thought, why not? You kick in $15, write a play a day, post that play to Red Theater’s website, and at the end of the month, all those still standing share the pot (minus a percentage which goes to the theater). So if you don’t complete, you have contributed to a good cause, and if you do actually write thirty plays (or even scenes), then what an accomplishment!
You will have either practiced dialogue, maybe moved forward on a play you’re working on, or have written 30 short plays. As for me, this is a great way for me to get a better handle on my characters for the Ella Baker play, maybe even come up with a few scenes for the real play, or an idea of the voice I want Ella to have in this play.
You can read what I’ve written so far if you’re interested. I’m posting each “play” the day I write it, on my Author Sandra de Helen Facebook page here. If you haven’t already “liked” my Author page, I’d appreciate a Like. But I don’t think you have to do that in order to read the posts.
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