Starting to Write? After Stalling for Days, Not as Scary as I Thought! by Debbie Bagnato


So, to prepare for peer review with my group--who are absolutely super--I went over my early thesis proposal with a fine-tooth comb, made a few changes then shared with them. Omar was great--I needed a good cheering gallery and he gave me what I needed and sweetly. Colin also was a great ego booster and made a suggestion about moving one area around in a paragraph--so I did--and it worked splendidly. Thank you Colin for such a sharp eye--it really made the wording have a greater impact! So then the thesis proposal was looking very promising. Hurrah! But I still had not written one word of my "play." Yes, I know Aristophanes wrote the actual play and I only get to revamp it but I really needed to start putting the words, the lines--dialogue--the things they say to each other--the stuff that MAKES IT A PLAY---on the paper. Then I needed to see if it would BE funny in my deranged, non-sensical setting in a supermarket...in downtown Jersey City...which is always terribly busy...where I happen to work...six days a week...since I'm young. So, after carefully reviewing all my research (thus far), the entire idea from start to fiinish which I wrote down in my notebook while studying the play line by line, which explains (to me) what I was planning to do with the characters, scenes, choruses, etc., and then re-reading the notes on my main characters (potential personalities) based on Aristophanes original and this offbeat adaptation I am attempting, while keeping in mind my production concept, stage set, and "how can this be achieved on a Kean stage--such as Wilkins theatre?"--then belaboring how, who, what I would rename people, which traits I should give them, how raunchy I was comfortable with the script being--what the play needed to sound like---any and all other things to possibly delay the actual process of writing---then and only then did I finally--yes--begin to write. And, I am ecstatic to report that it is actually working; however, it takes very long and I will be editing right up until we hand it in (and probably after). BUT it is working. And it is a reasonable complement to Aristophanes masterpiece so far--of course i m only on about page three.... But as I get into it more, all that background work will really be a big help. The frightening part is that one page from my Worthen book of plays (the text I like best and will use for their translation) takes about four pages of writing because the print is so small. The good news is the entire play is fifteen pages of dialogue so I should be alright and still fall into the guidelines of a run of about ninety minutes, or within that time frame. So, friends, I have begun, ever so timidly to write the crazy adaptation, and although it will change many times I'm quite sure, and I am only in the opening scene, nonetheless I feel like I CAN DO THIS!!!! Just wanted to share my joy with all my pals. Now I only ask you all for many prayers so that I can maintain this positive outlook through all the gritty scenes ahead and writing for the sizable cast this play requires. And never fear,  I will return the prayers at least twofold for everyone in our group. This is the biggest project we've worked on so far, but with Dr. Zamora leading the way, I am confident we will all have stupendous, miraculous results, and no bad surprises. At least not ones that cannot be fixed.

Starting to Write? After Stalling for Days, Not as Scary as I Thought! by Debbie Bagnato


So, to prepare for peer review with my group--who are absolutely super--I went over my early thesis proposal with a fine-tooth comb, made a few changes then shared with them. Omar was great--I needed a good cheering gallery and he gave me what I needed and sweetly. Colin also was a great ego booster and made a suggestion about moving one area around in a paragraph--so I did--and it worked splendidly. Thank you Colin for such a sharp eye--it really made the wording have a greater impact! So then the thesis proposal was looking very promising. Hurrah! But I still had not written one word of my "play." Yes, I know Aristophanes wrote the actual play and I only get to revamp it but I really needed to start putting the words, the lines--dialogue--the things they say to each other--the stuff that MAKES IT A PLAY---on the paper. Then I needed to see if it would BE funny in my deranged, non-sensical setting in a supermarket...in downtown Jersey City...which is always terribly busy...where I happen to work...six days a week...since I'm young. So, after carefully reviewing all my research (thus far), the entire idea from start to fiinish which I wrote down in my notebook while studying the play line by line, which explains (to me) what I was planning to do with the characters, scenes, choruses, etc., and then re-reading the notes on my main characters (potential personalities) based on Aristophanes original and this offbeat adaptation I am attempting, while keeping in mind my production concept, stage set, and "how can this be achieved on a Kean stage--such as Wilkins theatre?"--then belaboring how, who, what I would rename people, which traits I should give them, how raunchy I was comfortable with the script being--what the play needed to sound like---any and all other things to possibly delay the actual process of writing---then and only then did I finally--yes--begin to write. And, I am ecstatic to report that it is actually working; however, it takes very long and I will be editing right up until we hand it in (and probably after). BUT it is working. And it is a reasonable complement to Aristophanes masterpiece so far--of course i m only on about page three.... But as I get into it more, all that background work will really be a big help. The frightening part is that one page from my Worthen book of plays (the text I like best and will use for their translation) takes about four pages of writing because the print is so small. The good news is the entire play is fifteen pages of dialogue so I should be alright and still fall into the guidelines of a run of about ninety minutes, or within that time frame. So, friends, I have begun, ever so timidly to write the crazy adaptation, and although it will change many times I'm quite sure, and I am only in the opening scene, nonetheless I feel like I CAN DO THIS!!!! Just wanted to share my joy with all my pals. Now I only ask you all for many prayers so that I can maintain this positive outlook through all the gritty scenes ahead and writing for the sizable cast this play requires. And never fear,  I will return the prayers at least twofold for everyone in our group. This is the biggest project we've worked on so far, but with Dr. Zamora leading the way, I am confident we will all have stupendous, miraculous results, and no bad surprises. At least not ones that cannot be fixed.