First table read of The Valence of Steam this past Tuesday. It is a rare thing to have great talent on these first read-thrus, but it happened on this one. A great deal of good insight into the play I am actually writing came forth afterwards, once the mumbo-jumbo swirling in my brain found itself settled. This weekend will be spent doing what I typically do post-read thru, wherein I have the copy of the previous draft printed up and then create an entirely new draft from beginning to end. I just find it all too difficult to try to cut and paste snippets of scenes or bits of dialogue as I go...it ends up becoming a muddled mess. Plus, it gives me the ability to adjust in the moment which is something I've been working on lately. The process of rewriting this way elicits more from a subconscious level - an exercise in allowing it to bubble to the surface without necessarily trying to make it happen - and I'm able to avoid the whole notion of having the necessity to 'kill your darlings' in the writing...the bits that need excising tend to get removed without all the typical emotional attachment to them. Fresh start, better draft...
Excited about the project as the play is far funnier than I realized, and there was a great deal that elicited some excellent ideas that resided underneath. All the necessary elements are in place, just a matter of another draft (of which the play will go through several more over the next several months) and doing the work necessary to accomplish that...
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