Things that stopped me getting to the end of writing the play…and the things that helped.
1) Procrastination and distraction. Should I go this way, or that way — I’ll just read this interesting article and then I’ll know. The dishes need washing. Oooh, it’s sunny. I’ve an email. It’s raining. I’m hungry… etc. I’ve found no surefire way to stop procrastination and distraction, but sometimes telling myself that the burst of adrenalin that accompanies an idea and tells me to get up and move around or do something else is a surge of energy to get on and write not anything else and I should stay put and bang some words out — even if I have to edit them later.
2) The desire to perfect everything else first. I know I shouldn’t re-write from the begining each time I go to write but the temptation to do it is very strong. My excuse is I’m trying to get into the voice of a character and make sure they stay in that voice and that it’s consistant throughout but I’m not sure that really washes. In the end I just have to force myself to put something down, knowing I can go on to edit and rewrite from there. There are quite often gems to be found when you return to what you thought would be shit and at least you’ll have put some kind of structure there to follow later.
3) Finding a meaningful and fitting closure. Thinking deeply about my character and how she would go on after the life altering experience she had.
4) My keyboard refusing to write the letter ‘D’. Randomly the second row on my keyboard refuses to co-operate. Very frustrating. The only way I’ve found to clear it is to absolutely hammer the keys like a demented piano player repeatedly thumping out the first chords to Beehoven’s fifth.
5) Working out the tone I wanted to end with. Going from comedy to tragedy I wanted to end on a slightly comic note, so finding the scene that would do that and be a closure after everything that happens to my main character was important. Making the decision that it was at it’s heart a comedy and having someone tell me that comedies should end on a funny note no matter how dark or emotional it’s been in the middle. Obviously they’re omitting the final of Black Adder goes Forth — but thousands and thousands of casualties in that war was a tragedy…
Fat lotta Good written by Rachel McAdam, directed by Patrick Kavanagh, performed by Lynne Baker, Anna Beyer and Daz O’Connell will be presented as a script in hand reading at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 14th November 2017 7.45PM
Follow the decline and fall of Daily Mail reader and unsympathetic Job Centre worker, Sharon Thomas. Abandoned by her unfaithful Guardian reading husband and her beloved son, empty-nester Sharon receives an invitation to her son’s school prize-giving evening and is spurred into action. With only the voices in her head and her domineering boss to guide her Sharon embarks on a diet-based mission to show her man what he’s been missing. However, as she counts the calories fate prepares the cruelest of reckonings.