Playwright tips and tricks


Loose vs. Lose

“Loose” is pronounced like “Noose” and means something that is not tight, or has been released.  The past tense of Loose is Loosed.

“Lose” is pronounced like “Choose” and means to misplace or forfeit something.  The past tense of Lose is Lost.

Gate vs. Gait

“Gate” is a type of door or barrier.

“Gait” is a style of walking.

Your vs. You’re

Your refers to something that belongs to “you.”

You’re means “You Are.”

Among vs. Between

That vs. Which




Make sure your character names at the front of the script(cast list) match their names in the script.


Formatting and proofreading is important now; it’s essential later when you are competing in a playwriting contest or submitting for publication or professional productions.

Stage directions are very important for a staged reading.  They are less important for a full production if the words tell the story to the director and their cast.


The ellipsis is that oft-used, familiar set of three dots … which we have all seen somewhere or another.  But, does anyone know how to properly use it?  Anyone?  Gonna have to get back to you on that …

Anyway, here’s a link to a page where some folks took a great deal of time to explain the venerable ellipsis: