360XQ Day 19: Playwriting in futureland

The technology I use for writing continues to change. Except for tequila, which stays the same.

The technology I use for writing continues to change. Except for tequila, which stays the same.

Let’s face it: playwriting is old school. Sure, playwrights can also write for film and television, blog, write articles, produce a web series—there’s plenty of other ways to utilize our skills in the contemporary digital landscape. But writing a play, to take place on a stage in front of a live audience? This is about a brick-and-mortar as you can get.

That said, I am enamored with evolving technology, and advocate for streamlined approaches to project management. I geek out over new apps, and I love to learn new methods and systems that can help me do my job better. Sometimes that means using a better writing program, sometimes that means experimenting with timed work sessions. Sometimes that means just using a nicer pen.

My workflow

For my next few entries, I’m going to talk about my current workflow, which is, as it always is, in a state of flux and experimentation.

I’ll discuss:

  • The tools, both online and offline, I’m using now
  • My workflow, from outlines to revisions
  • Why I’ve never purchased Final Draft or Microsoft Word
  • How I manage my time and projects
  • Things that are still lacking

The cyborg playwright

Okay, so I have yet to meet a playwright who still types all their final drafts on a typewriter (though we all kind of want to, in a romantic yearning sort of way). On the other hand, I can ask 10 different playwrights which combo of hardware + software they use, and get 10 different answers.

There are a lot of options. I messed around with word processors, collaborative online writing suites, screenwriting software, and even using an iPad and stylus for initial “handwritten” drafts.

I’ve yet to find a perfect solution, but I think I’m getting close.

For the next entry, I’ll begin with stage one: notebooks.

UncategorizedChad Eschman