The Not So Gentle Art of
Editing Scripts

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Order 'A play can feel too long because of three lines. . . . you try and hold things to a point of maximum tension, if you miscalculate you lose the tension in a moment, as though a piece of elastic has snapped. To win back that moment you might find that you are taking out (or even in some cases re-inserting) an amount of writing which would be completely unnoticeable in a novel.'

-- Tom Stoppard


Many pages in the Editing section have been revised for the new 2011 edition, Playwriting Seminars 2.0, and are no longer available here.

Basic Candidates for Editing

When To Stop Rewriting


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