You may choose to tell your story in chronological order, or you may choose to do something postmodern. Either way, put it all together and you’ve got your first draft. Read it out loud to a patient and/or kind friend. Don’t get feedback. Just have them be there so you can feel how it sounds out loud.
Once your story makes sense, take a look at where you can shorten it. How few words can you use to convey exactly what you need to? Think of the economy of lines Picasso used to draw a woman. He did it in three lines. If your show is three hours long, cut it to one hour. If it’s one hour, cut it to 20 minutes.
How much can you condense it? How much can you show us the story rather than tell it? Go through the piece and find places where you describe and explain the story and replace them with dialogue from characters.
In the next post, we'll talk about finding a director. A must. Stay tuned!