Authoring & Playwriting

For all the authors and playwrights in our community, a place to discuss, share content and post tips and advice.

Mad hatter writers

Are there any novel writers in this group who would love to connect with other novel writers? Reason I ask is because I am not trying to sell anything or find funding right now anything - I am simply looking for a group of writers to talk about the art of writing a novel. Not a pitch group, not fund...

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Izzibella Beau

Hey, TJ, good to meet you. I've written eleven novels so far and am in the process of developing them into screenplays. I mainly write in the romance genre for new and young adult age range. I also wr...

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TJ LsuDad

WOW! The main question I have (being that you have blazed so many pages ) when are you starting your editing process? Reason I asked is because I have four unpublished manuscripts, and I just started...

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Location Research

I'm working on my next novella and am currently in the ever fun research stage (actually there are times where I really do enjoy doing the research for my books). I am setting the story somewhere I haven't been yet but my gut says that that is where this story needs to be. A lot of the information I...

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Christian Pius

There is nothing wrong using a travelling guide to craft the location of your story. It gives you an upper hand; a guidebook have the much information you can twist and manipulate to your advantage.

A. S. Templeton

Get your atoms there. If a loc is to be a character in the story, not just a backdrop, you need to visit the loc to write with authenticity.

Hayley Kelley

Nothing wrong with the tourist view and a healthy blend of your own creative vision.

Jenn LeBlanc

Local newspapers. I write historical and use the Great Britain newspaper archives for the specific time I'm writing in. It gives you a better idea of everyday life for that locale. Get hyperlocal. Find the neighborhood newspapers, county or city if they're smaller towns.

David E. Gates

Depending on the locations, you could always read my book: Omonolidee, for inspiration. :-)

What I do

Hey guys so I may have just turned 15 but I love writing and honestly I wanna do it professionally I do a lot of romance or zombie apocalypse things. I also do military things but I'm not to good at those I have a wattpad Account that has a little bit of my work! Let me know if you're interested in working with me.

David Taylor

FYI - There is quite a demand for lower budget romance. Being 15 might give you an edge on that.

Jenn LeBlanc

Keep writing Matthew! I think it's great you already know what you want to do and you're chasing it. Wattpad is a great way to get feedback and exposure for sure, especially with the younger crowd. Bu...

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Book Sales Trend Changes Again!!!

Amazon has slowly changed the game again, due to its deals with traditional publishers (large & small) ... now the trend for ebooks is getting reversed ... not sure what this means in the long term, but not great news for indie authors. "Sales of physical books increased 4% in the UK last year while...

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Paperback fighter: sales of physical books now outperform digital titles
Paperback fighter: sales of physical books now outperform digital titles
At the start of this decade publishers feared the death of the paperback. Britons abandoned bookshops at an alarming rate, seduced by e-readers and cheap digital books. Even Jeff Bezos, the Amazon fou…
Jeff Lyons

Yeah.... it's screwing all of us in the long run... and short.

James Grant Goldin

Hmm. Typing in my name shows my books in the US and UK sites...

Ryan Maelhorn

Well, if this is the case, it's cheap and easy to sell your book in physical form with Amazon's CreateSpace. (As well as CD's and DVD's.)

Jenn LeBlanc

But the overall market is still growing. Amazon is out for one thing: making money for itself. You have to work within that framework to make your own money. If other authors require less placement an...

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Jeff Lyons

Jenn---exactly.

Marketing for Indie YA/NA Authors

I've written 2 YA/NA novels and the 3rd of the series is about half way finished now. I use FB and Instagram mainly to market but it's difficult in my genre. I would love to find my target audience and even find anyone who could help me pitch my series to anyone in the film or TV industry because at...

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Shawn Speake

Who's your writing coach?

Author Jason Blayne

I don't have one, everything is done "in house" for now

Shawn Speake

I'm believe if we're training to go pro, we need a mentor, or coach. Like a boxer in the ring we need our corner. Or else we don't know what we don't know and what we need to know to go pro. Completio...

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Any Writer interested finish book on Iroquois Redmen?

Please click on link below to view the late author's experiences who lived for many years with the Iroquois, called the Long House People from the Six Nations Grand River Country. John Morley was adopted by his Red Brothers for his work to make the world understand about their identity, their religi...

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Complete Handbook of Novel Writing Is Out

3rd Ed. of The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing (Writers Digest) is out -- and I'm in it! Page 239! Get your copy today!http://www.writersdigest.com/qp7-migration-books/novel-writing

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 2nd Edition | WritersDigest.com
The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 2nd Edition | WritersDigest.com
The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 2nd Edition by The Editors of Writer's Digest Writer's Digest Books, 2010 ISBN-13: 978-1-58297-958-8 ISBN-10: 1-58297-958-8-1 $19.99 paperback, 528 pages Buy th…
Jeff E. Gregory

Woohoo! Atta boy, Jeff!

Catch 22

I've been writing for six years. I've completed seven scripts and done over 50 pitch sessions. I feel like I am caught in a perpetual quagmire where companies will only look at my scripts if they come from a manager and reps will only take me seriously if I can  get some kind of writing credits. How is it possible to wiggle out of this trap?

Andrew Essiet

Keep doing what you know best. Contact or network with experts in that field. You will clique to success one day.

Regina Lee

Easier said than done but try to win a prestigious contest, which will open doors for you. Break a leg!!!

Debbie Croysdale

Script Revolution site is making giant strides in Stage 32 community. Worth a look over. Theres some enigmatic material in there, and its a route to getting projects out there at no cost.

Shawn Speake

I'd pay a pro consultant to see where I'm at with my level of storytelling craft.

Andrew Essiet

That might not mean the solution rather; reading wide, writing and listening carefully (observation) can go a long way to elevating your standard. Study other persons good written scripts.

Legal Question

I am about to work with an illustrator for one of my books I have written but I'm wondering if it is appropriate to ask her to sign an agreement so that my work is protected? That's not to say I don't trust her, I do, but I want to make sure I do this the right way, are there any resources out there or templates for agreements?
Thanks....

David E. Gates

I got a proof-reader to sign an NDA. It's just a formality that protects you to a degree. If they have issues signing it, you'd have to wonder what their motivation is for doing the work.

Hayley Kelley

Thank you all, she has no concerns with signing the NDA, so that's good.. we are meeting next week to begin the process... can't wait!

Andrew Essiet

Copyright your work. It's the best coverage to get.

Hayley Kelley

@Andrew Essiet Thanks ... I will def do that.. I have done that with a couple of my songs/lyrics already!

Andrew Essiet

It is the surest way and easy too.

Are there theatrical producers, playwrights, actors. drama publishers and directors here?

Where are the professionals in the house? We need to talk! I'm a playwright (an aspiring one) seeking to meet you al and assert the possibility of handling my represented plays. Just simply place your comments, disclosing your name and your positions of interest (actor, producer e.t.c)Thanks

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Yep! Just go to the lounge Header they are listed by craft. Get into whatever discussion you want to.

Amanda Shapiro

I have written plays but not for theater though but I still might be good at them,I am great at Directing for sure though.just keep this in mind

Ihekuna Chimezie Benedict

Can i send you an excerpt, Amanda Shapiro? If yes, please provide me your email address

Ihekuna Chimezie Benedict

Steven Harris Anzelowitz Thanks for the advice. @ Amanda Shapiro, This is the summary of the play, The Success Story Again, The Play title is ''The Success Story'' Below are the synopsis, characters, ...

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Page Length

Brand new to the game and I have been studying the craft of the playwright and the screenwriter. Looking for insight. I know each page of the screenplay equals a minute of script. Is that pretty much the same for the stage play? Just want to make sure my newly finished stage play isn't too long.

Donna Hoke

My plays tend to be about a page a minute, but I don't write a lot of dense text and monologues, which add time quickly (and which aren't usually found in screenplays, which is why there can be a standard that hews closer to reality). If you're unsure, have it read, as others have advised.

Anthony Toohey

It seems to vary more between plays than with screenplays, in my experience, but it's at least a decent rule of thumb. EDIT: Holy cow - I thought this was new and didn't realize I replied to this a year ago! LOL - sorry :)

Sidney Crudup II

One can never get too much advice. All good. Thanks again.

York Davis

Hi Sidney. Last Sunday I had a reading of my one act play "Dressler Undressed" of 47 pages. No, Marie Dressler did not disrobe, but some of her private life was revealed...lol! The actors' reading came in at approx. 50 minutes if that's any help.

Sidney Crudup II

Thanks York. Been a while since I have been on the Stage 32 site. Working on my doctoral degree. Thank you for your comment.

Thalli pogathae

An interesting love story