All that has to be conveyed in dialogue in a play except for the occasional soliloquy or monologue.
The idea of a dominating mother drastically affecting her two children came from my life. The title of the play came from a girl in my chemistry class when I was a teacher at Tottenville High School on Staten Island.
Make certain that the hero wants something, that he has a goal, or you will end up with a shopping list and not a story.
Make certain that there are surprises and reversals, that there are unexpected things that happen.
So, there's a part of me that's Lorraine, there's a part of me that's John, and there's a part of me that's the Pigman.
I think this also gets at what makes for the existence of a writer. They don't really survive unless they are able to adjust, change, and transform into many, many worlds.But when their friendship ends in tragedy, the only way for John and Lorraine to find peace is to write down their friend's story—the true story of the Pigman.“Headline news…remarkable…Zindel has written a story that will not be denied.” — “Headline news…remarkable…Zindel has written a story that will not be denied.”— Publishers Weekly“An intensely moving story of believably alienated young people.”— School Library Journal“This is a shocker of a book.First, of course, it's wonderful to write about what you know.About your family, about yourself and your friends.So, I chose to use these dual protagonists to tell my story.And, it's worked out that both boys and girls enjoy the book.Before John Green, before Rainbow Rowell, there was a writer named Paul Zindel, and thank heavens for that.As a result, I survived my teenage years despite having grown up in the dark ages. When high school sophomores John and Lorraine made a prank phone call to an elderly stranger named Angelo Pignati, what starts as a practical joke quickly turns into a friendship that changes all of their lives forever.Create a lead character that audiences can identify with and will want to go on a journey with.Make certain that there's a villain of equal and frightening strength to create conflict for the protagonist.