“Half my life is an act of revision.”
- John Irving
As I near the anniversary of A Spider’s Tale, I can’t help but think of my mantra: Writing is rewriting.
It took me seven years of rewriting A Spider’s Tale before it was ready to become a stage play. During those seven years it survived many revisions, including aNutcracker version I was quite partial to, but which didn’t serve our purposes. I knew there was a great little story in there, to do with a spider descending from the stage lights on a silk thread and landing on my viola. There were so many ways of wrapping fiction around that one true, slightly earth-shattering moment in my life, but it took seven years of trying before I found the one that would have an audience.
And that was just the beginning.
It then took half a year of heavy revising and experimenting on the part of the playwright students with whom I collaborated before we turned my twenty-page story into a forty-page script. Then the supervising playwright made a final rewrite to present to the stage director. buy a domain . israel . During the three-month rehearsal period, the two of them reworked the script at least a half-dozen times, the final draft coming in so close to opening night we were all sweating bullets.
Writing is rewriting.