Steps in Playwriting

Playwriting and creating drama for each playwright is distinctively different. Plays can develop out of any combination of starting points and patterns. The processes by which drama is created for each playwright can be varied in the steps used to create the text.  Below is a simple list in a progressive order, but order can change depending on each playwright’s characteristic style and preferences for writing.

The basic steps involved in the development of drama include:

1.        Coming up with Thought/Theme/Ideas to be expressed through the work.

2.        Determine the Genre and Style of the work

3.        Outlining Basic Action of the work and Creating Plot.

4.        Establish the Structure of the Play and Overall Framework

5.        The Development of Characters presented in the work.

6.        The Creation of Dialogue and the Language of the Characters.

7.        Creating Music: This can involve the Rhythm of the Language or actual Music Composition and the Lyrics of the songs.

8.        Establishing Spectacle: The visual and Environmental elements of the work.

9.        Research of Subject Matter and Relevant issues presented in the play.