How do I start you may ask? Where do ideas come from?
Anywhere. Everywhere. Still no ideas? Here are just a few possibilities: A line of dialogue. A title. A character, either fictitious or based on someone you’ve met or observed or read about. A historical event. A theme or issue. Anything you’ve seen… even what may seem uninteresting like seeing a woman wait for the bus or a little boy walking his dog. An object or photograph. Something in the newspaper. Your own life or perhaps someone in your family (like that great Uncle Freddie who’s always the life of the annual Thanksgiving dinners). Anything you care about and that’s the point. You can’t write about something which isn’t in some way really REALLY important to you. If you don’t care about the story, who else will? Plays come from experience, imagination, and knowledge. You’ve got all three. Mix them together and write about what you know, deep inside. Plays that work, regardless of their genre, style or structure, give the audience a sense of truth.