Writing a play takes three essential components - plot, characters, and razzle dazzle.
The story is absolutely crucial. What do you want to say? Where does it start? How does it end? How do the characters get through it all? Every scene should move the story forward.
Who are the key players in the story? What are their personalities? How do they interact with each other? Are they comedic or dramatic or melancholy? Make sure that the audience will react emotionally to the characters. You want them to be memorable.
3. Razzle Dazzle
This is the special effects, props, costumes, and set. Write in a funny prop or costume. Create a scene around a special set piece. Add to the picture with lighting or sound effects - or even some billowing smoke. Razzle dazzle enhances the show, but use it sparingly. One or two special effects in a show will be memorable. Several per scene gets messy.
Em is a writer, theatre director, and hiker. She likes mixing horror with magical realism and adding sci-fi twist.