A play. Right?
I can’t spell entrepreneur. Faced with a form to complete at an airport recently I considered the ‘job title’ section; my pen hovered as I thought, winced and eventually panicked, reverting to ‘teacher’ rather than my new creative start-up status. It was no surprise that security checked my bags thoroughly that day! I also have problems with Tuesday, February and conscientious.
Oh — and there’s one more…
It’s unfortunate. As any teacher will know logic drives most of life’s most ‘creative’ spellers. My internal dictionary spelt the word as PLAYWRITE — ‘A person who WRITES PLAYS’ — PLAYWRITE!
My old friend and ally the red squiggly spellcheck line has pointed out my misconception on a far too regular basis. In recent weeks, I have become fastidiously over analytical in the editing phase of any email to teachers, writers and publishers. Is my spelling correct? Playwrite. No. Playright. No — playwright. Playwright? PLAYWRIGHT!
Having adopted various strategies to trick my brain into accuracy, there was a lightning bolt moment where I made my own unique cerebral connection! I finally got it! And it made so much sense. Logic had triumphed! In your face Spellcheck!
- In order to be a successful writer of plays the words on the page must be performed
- In order for the writer of plays to be able to write more plays the performances must be paid for by all those involved in giving the words life
- The writers must issue the right for their play to be performed. Plays need rights. Writers need rights. Right?
So that must mean…
Play + Writing + Rights = PLAYWRIGHT
Rights and writing are deeply embedded. Both different, yet both fundamental to the success of any writer.
TreePress is a platform that ensures our playwrights get recognition for their writing and performances. We’re looking for playwrights like you to help us shape and develop a new future, because both writing and rights need recognition. Both need attention. One cannot exist without the other.
It’s like spelling — it can take time to get your head around certain words but, once the light goes on — it makes perfect sense.
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