Published Author, Professional Storyteller & Writer, and Educator
Published Author, Professional Storyteller & Writer, and Educator
Published Author, Professional Storyteller & Writer, and Educator

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Script Writing

There are times when writing a full novel or book can be difficult, yet the story is there and the characters "speak" to you. That's when you might want to consider writing a play or a readers' theatre script.

It's not as difficult as you might think, and here are some suggestions as to how to develop a script.

First of all, you need to have a story in mind, or one that you've read (Aesop's Fables are great to work with).

Next think about the characters - who are they? How many are there? When they speak to each other, what do they say? Here's where you develop dialogue! The dialogue should be in concise short sentences, and sound real!

Picture the characters talking to each other, and listen to what they are saying. Write their conversation down!

You don't want to have only dialogue - that's hard to do when you want to change scene locations, or describe something. So, you create one or two narrators to bridge the gaps. They can easily describe what's going on, relate emotions and feelings of the characters, set the scene, and do numerous other things that help move the story along.

Once everything is finished, ask a few friends to read the parts to hear how they sound. Here's where you can do your own editing - adding to the story or subtracting things that don't quite fit.

A few more read-through sessions and you're ready to put on a show! You'll be pleased, I'm sure, with the results.

Readers Theatre is an excellent tool for teachers who are trying to teach their students how to read with expression, while at the same time, giving them a fun activity of acting. Educational markets look for this type of material.

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