It's not just the layout of a script that's important. You need to think about characters, plot and dialogue.
In a short script, it's best to limit the number of main characters. Too many characters can be confusing and doesn't give you time to let the characters develop. Stick to less than four.
Your characters should come to life. This is achieved through dialogue.
Usually a play has a conflict, crisis or problem at its centre which needs to be resolved. The characters have to face up to this problemand this is what causes the interest of the play.
The problem at the heart of the play does not need to be particularly unusual or exciting in itself. You could write a short script centred round, for example -
The success of the plot depends on how well it is handled.
You also need to think about how easy it will be to stage the plot convincingly on stage. Plots which involve spaceships landing, for example, could lead to serious difficulties!
Good dialogue is central to convincing drama. To make it sound realistic you need to read it out loud to hear what it sounds like. You also need to think about your characters to know how they would speak. Ask yourself -
For example -
How writing for plays is different from writing for prose
It can sometimes be effective to use dialogue to contrast types of speakers (e.g. a posh shop assistant and a shopper with a broad accent). Remember also that people do not always speak in the same way. The words we use, our accent, our tone will differ in different situations.
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