Lessons Learned: Secrets

Last week I indicated that I had no influences other than all the books I had started to read but couldn’t finish.  This is not strictly true.  I have had the enormous good fortune to have done workshops and writing programs with some terrific writers: Joan Barfoot, Sharon Pollock, and Paul Quarrington. 

I noted in an earlier blog that one of the lessons that Sharon taught me is that it’s important to set the stage early on as to the type of play.  I also learned from her that, not so much secrets but perhaps more accurately phrased, a complete absence of the truth can be good.  When it comes to real secrets, Paul taught me that while they can create suspense, readers only have so much tolerance for game-playing and the author should let them in on it before they lose patience.

Leave a Reply