The last two weeks have been a blur, so much so that I keep
forgetting it’s November. And November is almost half over.
Short & Sweet Melbourne has come and is almost gone.
Tonight is the Gala Finale, featuring 11 under-ten-minute pieces starring and written
by and directed by some of the most talented people working in Melbourne’s
independent theatre today.
Unfortunately, my piece Poems
a Dead Boy Wrote failed to make the final – for which I am most
disappointed for Nicole Bilson, who did an amazing job as Jane, a woman
grieving the loss of her boyfriend. I am really proud of the piece – a monologue
– and so thrilled Nicole was on board for the production. I got some really
great (and useful) feedback from friends and colleagues through the five-show
run – and as always, Short & Sweet is amazing for meeting new people and
for putting on exciting short works.
I saw all forty-two shows across the four Short & Sweet
programmes – plus squeezed in one night of Short & Swe…
“Write what you know” is a frequently repeated, important
early lesson for novice writers. On the face of it, it seems like basic common
sense; you can’t write about what you don’t know. You can’t write something
that feels true, if you don’t know the truth of it yourself. On a deeper level, it really means – write what you
understand, write what you feel. Don’t just write about your life (that’s an
easy trap to fall into and very difficult to make work as a young writer), but
write about your experience through characters you create. Characters who are
part you, part other people you know and part creation/reaction/relation to the
world. I wrote a short play once (it never really worked as a
short; it might be a full length one day) about three people penning a speech
for the commander of the first manned mission to Mars. The three characters
were the White House Communications Director, a Media Consultant for NASA and a
Pulitzer Prize Winner. At this point in time, I am none of those …