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4 Responses to Contact me

  1. B.D. Knight says:

    Just found this site. Scary stories have been my forte but have been writing kids stories lately. You have good informative articles so I guess now I have to buy your book on writing for kids. 🙂 Always trying to improve.

    • jerrydunne says:

      Thanks for letting me know what you think of the site. I agree with you on always trying to improve. There’s always something to work on; always something new to attempt.

  2. Janet Price says:

    Hi Jerry

    I was very inspired by your article about writing a play based on monologues. I am embarking on such a project and aim to write and act in a play about domestic violence based on my childhood.

    I am finding it difficult to convert my prose and diary entries into script form. Have you any tips you could share with me?

    I would very much appreciate and value any advice!

    Janet Eden Price

  3. jerrydunne says:

    Hi Janet,
    Thanks for your feedback.
    I am not sure what to say to your request as I have no idea of your playwriting skills or what it is you are trying to do with your play. I have also never converted anything into play form from prose or diary.

    Having said that, here are a few of my thoughts on the matter.

    A play is about creating drama, and drama happens in every scene. Conflict underpins drama, but conflict does not have to be about two people ranting at each other. It does not have to be obvious or on the surface level. Some great moments of conflict take place at a very low key level and can also be hidden away in the subtext. Even though you are writing about domestic violence (I am guessing you mean physical abuse here), some of the great abusers carry out their abuse at this low key sub-textual level. These moments can be important in the development of the drama, so it is the playwright’s job to show how insidious they are.

    Some abusers may not even be aware they are doing it because they are mimicking their own abuser. Their behaviour is a consequence of their own trauma. If you incorporate this aspect into the play, if you even hint at it, you now have a three-dimensional antagonist on your hands. Possibly one of the hardest things to accept for an abuse victim is that the abuser themselves suffered the same abuse (if they did). But it can make for incredibly powerful drama. So make sure your characters are rounded, despite how you yourself may feel about them.

    To add to that, it can be difficult for a victim to even be aware they are a victim, even those brought up in really dysfunctional and physically violent backgrounds, and/or that they may also be an abuser. The drama, the job of the playwright, is to get these characters to develop at least some self awareness here. This creates the cathartic effect we all need from drama. It gives us a sense of justice; often because we don’t get it from the real world.

    Of course, you may be after something very different, but these thoughts hopefully may still give you some ideas.

    Anyway…

    You now want to think of the story you are going to construct in scenes for your play. Each scene must be dramatic and an integral part of the story’s development. You are limited in what you can do here, so look over all your prose and diary entries and pick out the highlights that can best be turned into dramatic effect while also story building. Remembering that the showing of abuse can be very subtle and also very dramatic when done right.
    You say you want to be in the play, then you can test out some of these highlights by reading them out loud to see how dramatic they feel. But remember what drama is: it is conflict between two opposing forces. That doesn’t necessarily mean two opposing characters either. For example, a person who cannot make up their mind as to whether they are an abuse victim or what to even do about the abuser can create internal conflict that can come to life in a soliloquy. If the character is shown to be naive about what is obvious abuse then the scene can be heartbreaking

    As I said, it’s difficult to know what to write because I’ve no idea of your playwriting skills or where you are coming from when writing about this difficult subject. But I hope I’ve been of some help here.

    Best of luck

    Jerry Dunne

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