Scene Rewriting Exercise

Here’s a scene rewriting exercise I learned the other day:

Pencils1) Take an existing scene from your play.

2) Edit out 1/3 of the dialogue. Replace the dialogue you have removed with silent action or pauses.

3) See what you’ve got.

You can then repeat the exercise with the new scene: remove another 1/3 of the dialogue and replace with action or pauses. By then the scene will be almost surreal, but you may gain new insights. Give it a try!

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