Tolkien’s Eagles and the Tyrannosaurus ex Machina

One of my all-time favorite movies is the 1993 release of Jurassic Park.  My husband teases me all the time about how much I enjoy watching it, to the point where he won't watch it with me anymore because I have seen it so much.  Or, if he does watch it with me, he spends... Continue Reading →


Beats: An atomic lesson in crafting your plot

As I wrote in my last blog post, it's important to raise the personal stakes for your characters as your play progresses. You want to characters--and by extension, your audience--feel the need to move forward in the plot in order to reach that all important crisis point that triggers the main event of your play:... Continue Reading →

What characters want: goals and objectives

All characters in your play must have goals: things they want, need, and desire.  Goals are necessary for creating conflict. When your protagonist and your antagonist's goals are opposed to each other, that's when you create conflict and tension, and the resulting outcome is the action that drives the play forward. It's very important to... Continue Reading →

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