Dramaquill's All Things Writing

October 19, 2013

The Best Way to Revise Your Play’s Dialogue

I just finished a wonderful day of teaching drama to three classes of kids between the ages of six and sixteen.  Watching them take on the characteristics of different characters and the emotions of the words on the pages of my original scripts made me stop and realize how much of a part these students play in my final rewrites of all of my scripts.

To me, nothing works better for revising/tweaking dialogue than hearing it spoken aloud by an actor.  Not only can I see where my wording might be difficult to say but I can also immediately hear any inconsistencies in my characters’ expressions, and I can see whether or not my dialogue really differentiates my characters from one another.

Whether you get a group of friends together to read through your script or you find a community theatre group willing to help you out, I believe that hearing your words, rather than reading them, is the best way for a playwright to revise the dialogue of any play.

Check out this really cool Theatre Lab program:   https://www.sundance.org/programs/theatre-lab/

I’m off to go tweak some of my characters’ lines now – how ’bout you?


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