I love the experience of live theater. I love the way a good play can transport an audience—even transform an audience. This is something a good play shares with a good book. However, though they may both aspire to similar ends, it's clear that fiction and drama have different toolkits. A play has the advantage of actors and community and interaction, but a book has the advantage of prose. Every word that a playwright will communicate to her audience must be spoken. In terms of fiction writing, this would be comparable to writing a book using nothing but dialogue. Thinking of this limitation from a novelist’s perspective terrifies me, because even though I truly enjoy writing dialogue, I can’t imagine how I would tell my entire story without relying to some extent on exposition, description, and my characters’ inner thoughts.