Further things I wish I’d known when starting out:
Writing is the greenest profession – everything is used and recycled. Nothing goes to waste – not even the large sections you edit out.
Be the best you can.
Know what kind of writer you want to be but also be prepared to adapt and change – always be open for a new challenge.
Creativity comes from solving problems.
Write the play you want. Write what you are passionate about. Never try to write what you think ‘they’ want. ‘They’ want passion, freshness, a new perspective, talent and hard work.
If work starts to eat at your soul, no matter how financially rewarding it is, get out before the iron enters your soul.
Be prepared to be ‘discovered’ many times.
Try not to be cynical. Grow a thick third skin (second isn’t thick enough).
Don’t take it personally if a script is criticised, or disliked. Be professional. Listen. You may learn something.
The play is not you. It came from you, but it is not you.
Never forget how fortunate we are to be doing what we are doing.
Remember; ‘The universe is made of stories, not atoms.’ (Muriel Rukeyser, poet)