Authoring & Playwriting

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

Ina Norris
Authoring and Playwrighting

What do you use to transcribe interviews for your book?

Karen "Kay" Ross

Oooo... what a great question! In the past, when I was working in unscripted TV, we'd use a local woman who did transcription services. It allowed us to fully delegate the task to her and let her be r...

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Ina Norris

Thank you but I am looking for an app for. a specific reason.

Alex Marroquin
Authors and screenwriters

How many of you are published authors as well as screenwriters? Did you start with one before moving onto another? Maybe doing both? I myself am both. I had a horror novella published last December and just starting to write the 2nd draft of my first full-length script.

I look forward to hearing from you all.

Charles K. Frazier

I started with a novel, but my editor said that my writing style was more suitable for screenplays. I think that was her polite way of saying that I sucked at novel writing. Anyway, upon her advice, I...

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Samantha Fair

I've published 3 books and turning them all into screenplays. I found it easy to do both but the only struggle I had was trying not to direct the scene.

Dean Drinkel

Yeah published horror author here too and in 2018 set up my own horror publishing company called DEMAIN - about 100 books published so far.

Jeff E. Gregory

I'm strictly a novelist myself.

Tasha Lewis

I started as a novelist and then adapting to film.

Isabeau Vollhardt
I can't write without music...can you?

So I'm working on TheCasebookOfElishaGrey vol IX (what???? I so did not plan that, but the characters did) and when I write, I'm under the headphones. I've got a whole basket of playlists on my youtube channel Cinnabarswan1 and this is what i just listened to while getting to this page. https://www....

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Isabeau Vollhardt

Dea, I agree....I always choose my music depending upon which story i'm writing....i've got a new idea for what will be my 2nd screenplay, so i'll be looking for music that was on the radio locally at that time.

Liz Randol

fabuloso idea. just seeing this. hoping it can get me past my writers' block on this latest story. I would consider drinking to loosen me up but music sounds more productive. thanks!

H. W. Freedman

The only time I wrote with music was when I worked on my play about Tchaikovsky and his life. Otherwise the music comes from me in the form of the thread of dramatic tension and the emotional rhythm o...

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Kendra MmcLaughlin

Yes! I completely agree. Music allows me to enter into that part of my brain that receives. Great comment.

Danesha Artis

It really depends what I'm listening to and what I might be writing. I actually have playlists built up for moods too.

Chris Harold Stevenson
Book to Film

I got a Stage 32 email/notation that this might be the thread I should subscribe to if I'm pursuing the book adaption--the book to film process. Might that be correct? I'm in the beginning stages of the process, got my pitch, log lines and a screenwriter on deck. My agent is standing by. I realize I...

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Bright Gabriel
Indecisiveness about synopsis

I have two synopses that I am confused with which to choose. I am hoping to receive help from the great minds of Stage32.

This is the first one.

Daimu Zoyld, a being with six pairs of golden wings, who was also one of the two direct angels positioned to attend to the affairs of Sen Ateski, the god of...

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William 'JPop' Schumpert

Is it for a book or a script? For a book you need a brief synopsis for the story and the chapters. For a script you only need a brief synopsis for the story.

Bright Gabriel

Thanks, Mr. Williams, it is for a book. so in chapter one should the introductory paragraph before the, In a big Dazzling throne room....... be removed?

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Bright Gabriel! Thanks so much for reaching out!

I have a suggestion for how to get more responses. A lot of the screenwriters on this platform do a script exchange for notes. In your case, maybe...

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Looking for Poets

Hi, I run a YouTube channel that mixes nature footage and poetry. I've been looking to meet more poets who would be interested in writing for the channel. Does anyone here have any ideas on how I can reach more poets? Organizations or meetups?

Matthew Kirkman

Thanks for the ideas!

Tasha Lewis

I'm publishing my mother's book of poetry as a tribute to her life. Would love to promote it on there and donate proceeds to scholarship.

Aray Brown

My poetry is more spoken word

William Furst

I have series of poems I sell on Amazon.

You can text me online and let's work together.

Dea Divi

You need some poems? I'm a poet as well

Chris Cox
New Orleans On My Mind

Looking for NOLA playwrites to pitch an idea and seek advice.

Eric Sollars

I went to East Jefferson High School way way back in the day. I've written three screenplays set in New Orleans. They take place mostly in the French Quarter. I haven't sold anything. New Orleans was fun.

Eric Sollars

Keep your story Gothic.

Eric Sollars

I lived in New Orleans so long ago I ate at Taco Bell there for the first time. I have eaten at MOTHER'S restaurant. Sounds a lot like Melba's. Worked at a car wash over on Airline Highway one summer.

Chris Cox

I had a nice breakfast and horrible Bloody Mary at Mother's years ago.

Eric Sollars

New Orleans is always a great setting for a screenplay. I still keep in touch with a few high school friends down there. Spent my honeymoon in New Orleans. Mother's deep-fries everything.

Chris Harold Stevenson
Books to Movies Authors

Hi, folks. Just looking to chat up any authors who are pursuing book-to-movie processes. I'm getting my toes wet. Anybody else out there with the same game plan? I'm multi-published with an agent and manager. I'm also a writer advocate and teacher of sorts. -- Chris

Marcella Steele

Congrats Alex! I would love to pick your brain and learn. Does anyone know of a good coach/professional service to evaluate my treatment? I'm writing a treatment of my novel and need to get it right b...

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Daisy White

I think if a book is optioned whoever options would do this themselves? One of my books just got a request for more material from a scout (it checks out), and they just wanted the ms. Another one is w...

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Martin Roy Hill

I think as a novelist it would difficult for me to produce a screenplay treatment let alone an actually screenplay. I'm too rooted in thinking in words, being in love with the written word. It seems t...

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Ian Robinson

Hi Chris Good to read you. I'm an author who's written two books. I have the same plan.

Beth Haslam

Hello Chris, good for you! I'm currently planning the sixth book in my memoir series and would love to follow the same process. Honestly, though, I don't know where to start.

Stephen Carter
Hi all! Looking for beta readers.

Long time Stage32 member, but new to this lounge. I'm finishing my debut novel, an adaptation of one of my screenplays, and I'm wondering if anyone here does beta reads, or knows a good place to find them. I've had zero luck with Goodreads, and am considering Fiverr, but wondering if any of you have...

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Robin Chappell

Logline sounds good! But unfortunately I don't have the time right now.

David E. Gates

That picture looks familiar.....

Martin Roy Hill

There's a company called Beta Reads that offers beta reading at a cost ($85 and up). I've never used them and to be honest, as a freelance book editor as well as novelist, it sounds more like a manusc...

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Stephen Carter

Thanks, Richard. I'll check back with you. Maybe you could do round two. Thanks, Robin! It's a free template, David. Thanks, Martin! I've since found a few. Good Reads finally produced a couple for me...

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Robin Chappell

It sounds like an interesting premise. Keep working on the log though, to tighten it up some.

Ben Htoo
10 Inspiring Alex Trebek Quotes for Screenwriters

These quotes from the original Jeopardy! host can give you ideas on crafting your stories. https://screencraft.org/2021/01/11/10-inspiring-alex-trebek-quotes-for-screenwriters/?utm_source=drip&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10+Things+Screenwriters+Don’t+Need+to+Worry+About

10 Inspiring Alex Trebek Quotes for Screenwriters - ScreenCraft
10 Inspiring Alex Trebek Quotes for Screenwriters - ScreenCraft
After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, TV legend Alex Trebek passed away at his home on November 8, 2020, surrounded by his family and friends. His death left generations of Jeopardy! fans shocke…
Mehul Shah
How to Pitch & Circulate a TV Pilot script?

The American Dream is a Lie. We are the ones who make the USA strong. We, the undocumented people."

Hi all. I'm working on a TV episodic pilot about Immigration in America, and was wondering if any of you had suggestions on how to get your pilot script to the right channels to be considered.

I'm also...

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Jason Mirch

Hey Mehul, great to have you as part of the community! Have you considered pitching your projects through our Script Services Pitch Sessions? We have a number of producers, studio executives, and lite...

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Mehul Shah

This is great info, thank you!

Alex Owumi

Hey Mehul, happy you are starting this project. I specialize in thriller/suspense type shows. If you need help shoot me a message. Good luck with everything.

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