I’m not going to tackle all of this now, but I’ve been inspired to share something with you. One draft does not a writer make. One draft is what John Buchan called the block of stone, from which you create a sculpture.
Redrafting is hard.
Help is wonderful. I always have help on my scripts, from directors, actors, my agent and – on the last two big things – a dramaturg. Think of them as akin to a novelist’s editor. A screenwriter’s script editor. But for stage.
Interested? Here’s an unpaid ad for the guy I’ve used more than anyone else: David Lane. He also produces a paid-for sub newsletter – but you can read all about that on his site, with the info on his PLAYPENS dramaturgy offer: here.