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Writing Your First Play, 2nd Edition by Roger Hall

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Writing from Life

Exercise 6.1 Writing From Life

Write a scene based on something you know well from actual life. Use stage terminology. Use as much dialogue and as many characters as you need. Resolve the scene. Minimum length: 6-7 pages.

In many writing classes—not only playwriting but other forms of creative writing as well—students are advised to write from their personal experiences. That is an excellent place to start, and in this chapter you will be asked to write a scene about something you know extremely well, a scene that uses as its seed something taken from your own experience.

Every writer writes from his or her own experiences. In some cases the dramatic creations are quite close to real life ...

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