Well hello there, dear reader! So you want to write and perform a one-person show, huh? Don’t worry, I’m here to help you out. But before we begin, let’s get something straight – if you’re doing this just for the fame and fortune, you might as well stop right now. Because let’s face it, the only people who really make money in this business are the agents and managers. (If you’re lucky enough to get one.)

So, if you’re still with me, let’s get started with Part 3!

First things first, let’s talk about the writing process. It’s like making a patchwork quilt – you need a lot of patches. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll end up with way too many patches and not enough quilt. But don’t worry, that’s what editing is for. And if you’re really lucky, you’ll have a grandma who can help you with that. (Grandma or solo show coach, whichever word you prefer.)

Now, when it comes to choosing a topic for your show, your subconscious might have a mind of its own. You might think you want to talk about being a used car salesman, but your subconscious keeps bringing up your mother’s tattoos. Well, don’t fight it, my friend. Embrace the weirdness and see where it takes you. It’s like riding a unicycle – it’s scary at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a lot of fun.

Speaking of weirdness, let’s talk characters. Are you hearing voices in your head? Do you have imaginary friends? Are you still friends with your ex? (If you are, don’t make it weird). Whatever the case may be, use those characters to your advantage. It’s like having your own personal cast of misfits. And who doesn’t love misfits?

Now, let’s do some exercises to get those creative juices flowing. Set a timer for 10 minutes and write about the first time you tasted an artichoke. Was it love at first bite? Or did you think it was a weird, spiky vegetable from outer space? Write for 10 minutes on why you want to write and perform a one-person show. Is it to share your story with the world? To make people laugh? Or just to prove your ex wrong? Or to mortify your parents? They love that so much.

Write for 10 minutes on performers you’re inspired by. Are you a fan of Robin Williams? Tina Fey? That guy who does the weird puppet show on YouTube? Write for 10 minutes on imagining the insecurities of the performers or artists you’re inspired by. Imagine if they didn’t create the work that inspired you, just because they didn’t think anyone would care. Would the world be a sadder place? Or just slightly less weird?

Write for 10 minutes on the one thing about you that you really don’t want people to know. And then write for 10 more minutes on the one thing about you that you really, really don’t want people to know. And if you’re feeling brave, share it with your therapist. Trust me, they’ve heard worse.

And if you’re ready to take your comedy or solo performance career to the next level, why not book a complimentary breakthrough session with me? Just remember, if it’s not good, it’s not done. And if it’s really bad, you can always blame it on your subconscious.

Need some help with the process? Book a complimentary consult with me if you’re serious about creating a solo show.

Alicia Dattner

Comedian and Creatrix Alicia Dattner is an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning performer who loves to help others use the power of humor to transform their lives and write a new unfolding story for the world.


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