The hardest part of writing a play for me is sitting down and starting. I think that’s true for a lot of writers. It’s easy to think about what I want to write, and as much as I intend to actually begin work on a new script, it’s even easier to do something other than write. This summer especially, between directing Godspell at The Kelsey theatre for M & M Stage Productions and taking a grad class, I found myself easily distracted.
Once I actually sit down and start, though, the ideas flow, and I often have a difficult time doing anything else. I’ve spent many nights forcing myself to shut my laptop at 5 AM and go to sleep, even though I wanted to continue to write.
Well, I just began my next play: a joint project with my brother, Matt Steele. I began writing on the airplane on a trip to Vegas. I figured if I was going to be trapped 3,500 feet in the air for five hours and ten minutes, I might as well put the time to good use. I couldn’t make any excuses not to write.
So I began writing the first draft of the first scene of a murder mystery comedy on the beginning of a trip with two of my best friends. The three of us sat in our row with our laptops on our tray tables. My friend Angela was to my right, laughing out loud as she watched Bridesmaids. My friend Abbie was to my left, bobbing her head as she watched Glee. They both seemed highly entertained by what they were viewing. I can only hope that audiences will enjoy this play just as much.
As usual, I’m writing the first draft of the script, and once I have a solid first scene, I’ll send it to my brother. So far, I’ve introduced all of the characters. There are 18 of them in total, along with some extras. Now, all I have to do is go through the scene a few times to get it into a state that will make sense to my brother, and he can work his magic. Hopefully, I can send it to him within the next few days, and he’ll send something back to me before my trip is even over, so when I get home, I can work on the next scene.
Also, hopefully I’ll win a million dollars.