On stage

Theater people probably already know this, but a writing teacher once told me something I’d never considered before.

“Actors in any play need a reason to come onstage, and then a reason to leave the stage,” the teacher said. “So, the playwright needs to provide those reasons in the script.”

As a guy who writes biographies for a living, one of my biggest problems is “transitions” from one life episode to the next. But I often think about this teacher’s advice.

Following her suggestion, I try to make a natural or chronological connection that ties the episodes together. I now think of chapters in a biography as scenes from a play.


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Rix Quinn

Rix Quinn is a former magazine editor and now a syndicated columnist for over 100 weekly newspapers. He holds degrees from Texas Christian University and California State University.

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