I saw a post by Kelly Kleiman at wbez and had a few connections to writing and revising. The post is about theater, but I think you’ll see how it applies to writing as well. Here are a few quotes–consider them writing prompts–without context but easily applicable even standing apart from Kelly’s paragraphs:
The plays often seem unfinished, like sketches rather than full-fledged pieces.
The betrayals and counter-betrayals come so rapidly, and to such an abrupt end, that I was left wondering what actually happened and why. It’s fine to take a scalpel to one’s work, but simple amputation is rarely sufficient surgery.
Even Conor McPherson, perhaps the premiere English-language playwright of this generation, falls into the trap of declaring a play finished when it’s merely through its second draft.
Again: This may be the inevitable consequence of contemporary theater economics, a system which also frequently dictates the choice of two- or three-character plays rather than the crowds required by Miller or Shakespeare. But let’s try to figure out a way for playwrights to incubate their works a bit longer.
To read Kelly’s post, click here. Happy writing. Happier revision.