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Creative Writing by Casey Clabough

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CHAPTER17

The Play and Screenplay People Want to Watch

In This Chapter

  • Where the play happens
  • The action during the play
  • Play dialogue and other sounds
  • Screenwriting in particular

Plays, screenplays, and screenwriting draw on many of the same tools. If you love films and would like to write for the stage or the movies, this is the chapter for you.

Plays—the traditional form that has led to the others—primarily are driven by language and dialogue. Characters often speak in monologue for minutes at a time to express their inner lives, and these speeches are often the high point of the play. Great playwrights are eloquent wordsmiths. One need ...

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