There’s an article in the NY Times today about David Lindsay-Abaire’s new play “Good People” which is coming to Broadway soon. In the article, he talks briefly about his time in the Juilliard Lila Acheson Wallace program and being mentored by Marsha Norman.
He writes about a piece of advice given to him by Ms. Norman, and I love this because it serves as a great jumping off point when you feel you’re just staring in front of a blank screen waiting for inspiration to hit –
“I remembered something Marsha Norman said at Juilliard,” he said. “She said, if you want to write a good play, write about the thing that frightens you the most.”
There’s always something inside waiting to be said and expressed and mined for dramatic gold. It’s just finding way to access it.