Recently American playwright and blogger Adam Szymkowicz decided to devote his blog to the interviewing of playwrights, which he has been doing at a rather relentless rate. They’re wonderful and chock full o’ inspiration, if you’re into wonderful and inspiring things. Check them out when you’ve got the time.
A lot of the young series is resonant, but one particular response from California resident Malachy Walsh really slapped me upside the head today, and I kind of want to turn it into a poster. Here it is, exploded into list view:
What advice do you have for other playwrights?
- Find people you like, then work with them and hold on to them for dear life.
- If you give up, everyone else will too.
- Never confuse a budget for a play.
- Be good to your actors – always.
- Don’t worry about what the institutions are doing – ever.
- Listen to your characters before anyone else.
- Write every day for as long as you can.
- Write longhand whenever possible.
- Writing isn’t a competitive sport, despite what the competitions and memberships and production credits suggest.
- Other writers are your friends, not people you’re trying to demolish.
- Coffee is good, liquor is not.
- Ask for help.
- Get a day job (I don’t care what David Mamet says) and keep it until it’s impossible not to.
- And, my favorite, from Anne Bogart: Don’t wait.
It’s stuff like this that I use to explain the use of blogging and the internet to inquisitive folk. Each one of these is the title of a blog post waiting to happen. Thanks guys.