There are times when well after the lid on the mail box has closed and I have driven away from the Post Office that I have a moment of second guessing. Sometimes, it doesn’t hit me for a few days but it always hits me. Did I pick the right play to send? Is it as good a play as I think it is? So annoying — like having buyer’s remorse. Took me a while to figure out that that was what I was feeling. Knowing doesn’t stop my “buyer’s remorse” moment but it does make me chuckle a little. To offset this, I decided to add a column to my submission log titled “Why did I choose this play to send?” This will help me five months down the road to remember that each play is chosen for more than just being a match for the theater or contest. I am planting a forest. In my quest to get my work out there (into the world), I want it to also cultivate the trees in my forest — trees that are steadily growing even when it seems that no one is watching but me. I do not want to spend time second guessing my choices; I want to stay focused on my long term plans as a playwright and I want to always be writing… I have less of a problem with second guessing during the actual writing process once I get started and choose the character names. Even when the names change/evolve because of the story, second guessing is never an issue. I am learning to work on those moments of doubt after the play has been completed and shipped off for contact with the outside world. I am learning to enjoy that part of being a playwright as much as I enjoy writing the play in the first place…Tweet
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