Playwriting Is the Soul the Writing Industry Lost

But most writers aren’t interested. Why?

E.B. Johnson NLPMP
12 min readJan 3, 2024

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When was the last time you read a play? When was the last time you gussied up and spent a night in the theatre? Ask your average writer and most will tell you high school or college. They’ll tell you about the plays they were *forced* to read, and the stages they were forced to sit before in the name of a compulsory grade.

Most writers don’t read or write plays. More’s the pity, as playwriting offers writers opportunities that novel writing cannot. Even more significantly, it offers a sense of soul and a sense of artistry. It allows writers to express themselves in a way that novel writing cannot. Yet most writers keep chasing the prize of traditional publication. Why? Have they lost their souls in the pursuit of glory?

Playwriting is the soul the writing industry lost.

It’s inarguable that the writing industry has lost its soul. We don’t get told stories that break us anymore, that change the way we see life. Instead, we get the same regurgitated stories we have become accustomed to. Publishers and agents figure out what “works” and then hock as many cloaked versions of that same story as they can.

Playwriting is the soul that the mainstream writing industry has lost. It’s the beating heart that thuds beneath the undercurrent of paper-thin stories and surface-deep characters we have become used to in this age of modern fiction.

Many will be asking, “How?” They’ll claim they read stories all the time they connect with, characters that they root for, but there’s a different level of connection and emotion when it comes to the stage. Not only are you connecting with real people in real time, watching their stories play out in front of you — you’re watching a 4D representation of creativity. You’re watching something, made from nothing, coming to life right in front of your eyes.

Playwriting is the living, breathing soul of writing because it’s one of the few open doors left in the writing world. It’s a place where space is made at the table, where differences are celebrated (not aimed at for 3rd Quarter diversity goals), and where characters are truly alive. It’s art in motion, where the…

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E.B. Johnson NLPMP

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