As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been feeling the need to find a writer’s support group in order to help motivate me to finish the musical script I’m writing. A couple people suggested I contact the professor who teaches the undergraduate playwriting class. He replied very cordially to the email I sent him, but told me that the class was filled up to capacity this semester, and that he also did not think he could help much with the “musical form.”
Although his suggestion that I contact the School of Music was a logical one, I really am not in need of support on the musical level. The music and lyrics to this show are essentially complete, and I’m pretty happy with the score. It’s the script that continues to concern me.
I last reported I had made it up to p.53, then reached an impasse. Since then, I’ve made it up to p.58, which is almost to the end of Scene Four. I could probably write a couple more pages this morning and wrap up the Scene, more-or-less sloppily. But at this rate, without a support group to sustain my motivation, I probably won’t finish the script before the Second Coming of Christ.
It occurred to me that there might be a Meet-Up writer’s group in the area. With very little online research, I located one that happens to meet this very morning at ten. They call themselves a Guild, and this morning’s meeting will take place exactly one block from my apartment! So I’ll be there at ten this morning, either with the first four scenes completed, or ready to wrap them up on site.
The facilitator of the group also informed me of another writer’s group that meets at a bookstore also located fairly near my place of residence. That group includes another playwright who prints out his scenes so that other members of the group can read the different characters. In addition, there is another meeting of the Guild taking place at a restaurant this Tuesday evening. While the meeting this morning is “write only,” the Tuesday night group will provide, according to the facilitator, “valuable feedback on plot and story line.” All three of these resources could prove invaluable.
So – I think I’m on the right track if I can only relax about this thing a little bit. The process of writing music is much more enjoyable for me. The process of playwriting is arduous and annoying, but it will be worth it in the end if I will have produced something of value to offer to the world.
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I’ve had great luck with writers’ groups and learned invaluable lessons in craft over the years. Good for you for seeking out those supports. I hope they turn out to be inspiring. :-)
I really enjoyed this first meeting. We were there for about three hours, four of us. People were helpful and supportive of each other, and no one seemed pretentious or disingenuous, as was the case with a couple other groups I tried, in a different part of the world, some time back. I’m greatly encouraged, so far – and thanks for wishing me well.