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Theresa Rebeck: The Craft
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Theresa Rebeck photographed by Walter Kurtz for The Dramatist

Once you have an idea, how do you proceed? Do you take notes? Do you outline? Do you plunge right in?

I hate outlining. For me, part of the way I think is to write, and if you make too many decisions ahead of time then you don’t learn as much from the writing itself. For me, there’s always a secret subject in what I’m writing, and it doesn’t reveal itself unless you let the writing process lead you there. Because of that, I think the writing thins out if I work off an outline.

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Theresa Rebeck
Theresa Rebeck

is an American playwright, television writer, and novelist. Awards include the Writer’s Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama and a Peabody Award for her work on NYPD Blue, the National Theatre Conference Award, the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, the Athena Film Festival Award, an Alex Award, and a Lilly Award. In 2011 she was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek. She is the creator of the NBC drama Smash.