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Friday, July 4, 2014

In The Dark

"Writing a novel is like driving a car at night," said E.L. Doctorow, and explained his metaphor like this: "You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you." This may be true for writing a novel, but I don't think it is smart advice for young playwrights. If you write a play or a show like driving a car at night you'll end up somewhere in the roadside ditch or, worse, crash
into a brick wall.

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