Authoring & Playwriting

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

It Works for Me

Screenplay to novel back to screenplay done. I find that writing the novelized version of a screenplay adds back story and gives me insights to story and characters when returning to finish up screenplay. Makes both stronger. Sorry if this is confusing, but , like I said, it works for me. I have two o ...

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Dan MaxXx

Have you spend any significant Time and $$$$ marketing your finished novels? Build a grassroots fanbase?

Black Theater in the United States from actor Robert Hooks's Perspective

He founded the Negro Ensemble Company in New York City 50 years ago and the DC Black Repertory Company in Washington, DC. Actor Robert Hooks, and his playwright co-founder Douglas Turner Ward, provided a platform for Black actors to develop and hone their craft in New York City. A tribute to Robert,...

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Script or Novel .... Or Both?

Hi Guys! Has anyone considered a novel before doing a script, or vice versa? Thx!

Nikki Ackerman

Do both. As soon as you finish the book, do the screenplay. That way, no one can muck it up. I have 2 shorts that I made into a one-hour TV pilot.

Daisy White

Do both! I'm in awe of anyone writing screenplays ;-)

Daniel Benshana

I came to plays after writing complete books. I find writing plays a lot easier. But screenplays are different again as you have to learn how to be expressive with far less to go on :)

Jamell Crouthers

I've written the books first, now its getting the screenplays noticed. Writing the books allows you to write the screenplay better (from my experience so far).

Debbie Croysdale

I once tried both at the same time and they kind of sparked off each other, a help rather than hindrance to each other. Also was an exercise to the mind facing the challenge of continuously switching writing styles on the same project.

Help please

Hey so kinda at a dead spot with my script any advice?

David Downes

Put in something that's the "worst solution to the problem at hand" and keep going.

Chad Stroman

I wrote this on another post earlier today: Sometimes what helps me is putting what I've written so far in the hands of a trusted friend or acquaintance with the goal of getting their feedback on what...

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Travis Sharp

Watch a well written film with great dialogue (No Country For Old Men) then consume caffeine and dive back in with energy. Just write! You can edit or delete later.

Steve Cleary

I recently heard a filmmaker advise to think back to your story's "statement", the reason you sat down to write it in the first place. Godspeed!

Debbie Croysdale

Is the dead spot Character based? Or scene based? Eg Scenes too stock or not moving forward? Or something like you just simply cannot find your ending? Would help a bit to know what point exactly you stuck on.

Care to share your INKSHARES experience? Opinions?

Has anyone used inkshares.com to publish (or attempt to publish) their novel? I created an account today because I was intrigued but I'd like to hear from people who have actually used the site.
Did you end up reaching your funding goal? How did it all go? Were there any bumps in the road you weren't expecting?

Jeff E. Gregory

Hmmm...if anyone is charging your for any part of the publishing process, say no, in my humble opinion. Both smashwords and Kindle Direct Publishing are free. You can do a lot your self with Photoshop...

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Patricia M Bates

Honestly, I would avoid using them. If you want to use a service to get you into the best market possible try utilizing a reputable editor, cover artist (both can be found for reasonable rates and agr...

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Elvira Drake

Oh yeah, I've posted a lot on Smashwords... I was just wondering if anyone has first hand experience. David, that's interesting (re: "our books")

David E. Gates

I utilise Smashwords in all my links now, especially since Amazon destroyed the search facility - for example, if you put in "David E. Gates" you'd expect it to find me. Nope. Not a single publication...

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Elvira Drake

Wow, David... I did have 2 short story books published through Amazon through Createspace (both of which I've taken down) but I had no idea their search was that bad. Did Amazon tell you why they deleted your author's page or did you just happen to notice it was deleted?

Multi genre writer

Looking for ways to get my novels read by filmmakers.

Jeff E. Gregory

Connect with me, then message me to fill you in.

Lee A. Eide

How about using a banner ad on websites that are popular with filmmakers? Place links to your books on the landing page and make sure to include "can't resist" hooks.

Talent: Am I a genius or just a simple shmoe?

There are many of us who think, 'we have it'. I assume it's like the lottery. One out of a million is a good writer. I guess the odds could be thrown off based on your talent. However, if your talent is unknown then why bother.

Brad Johnson

I value intentions a lot more than talent. A lot of people who might be considered a genius are not a lot of fun to read. Just like a lot of "smart" people have terrible instincts when it comes to bus...

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David E. Gates

Interesting response from Donna... I consider an author to be someone who writes books. I consider a screenwriter to be someone who writes screenplays. I consider myself a writer, as I write both - an...

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Brian Shell

If you're a screenwriter and tell someone that you are in a bar, inevitably you will hear, "Oh, my life would make a good story for a movie." This is what this thread was about. Genius or schmoe. The...

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S.J. Robinson

I think it's more a case of the 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration. I think everyone can have a genius idea every now and then, but its the 99% sweat, blood and tears which make that great idea into a r...

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Donna M. Carbone

@David Gates... those distinctions were true before the advent of self-publishing. Now everyone thinks they can write so I make a distinction -- at least for myself and my students. I've gone so far a...

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LOVE TALKING ABOUT The FILM MAKING PROCESS, ESP. WRITING!

I'm looking for an L.A. based writer who is an independent type & somewhat aggressive in getting a film made. Possibly shoot a short together to use as a demo reel? and show what kind of quality we can produce. Or an accountability partner to encourage finishing written material in a timely manner....

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Pitching on Stage 32 w/o a script?

I've got a science fiction novel I want to pitch via the Happy Writers platform. I can write the logline and script-format pitch, np, but don't want to write a screenplay. Has anyone used this service sans script?

Brad Johnson

I've thought about it but never done it. Writing a full length script with dialogue seems like a fools errand these days. Seems smarter to pitch "high concepts" like that Tulip movie that obviously titillated someone in the idea stage

Susan Kuchinskas

thanks, Barry and Brad. Barry, I'm a novelist, not a scriptwriter. I think they're two somewhat different arts and certainly different in terms of formatting. Plus, my understanding is that a spec script will be rewritten until unrecognizable anyway.

Barry W Brown

, I have been writing books and short stories for 40 years, and just recently decided to some of my stories to scripts. It is easy, get a few sample scripts to see what the formats are, then take your...

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Jeff E. Gregory

Copyright a treatment at the very least. I wrote my novel and based the treatment on the novel.

Susan Kuchinskas

A treatment is an excellent idea, Jeff.

Help!! I need schooling on Successfully getting a Play from Script to Stage together.

Needing a mentor to help me with a client who has an extraordinary wonderful play he wrote. I need the detailed info from script to stage on what needs to be done in order for it to be a success. Being a PR in the Entertainment industry has given me many a wonderful learning experience, but this is...

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Steve Cleary

Here's a quick and dirty tip for you, try mapping the stage play to these story beats, removing anything extraneous: https://www.storymastery.com/story/screenplay-structure-five-key-turning... Good lu...

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Donna Segura

Great advice, thanks Steve!! As previously mentioned, I have a friend of mine, a 30+year seasoned actor, producer, whose been on stage since childhood, wrote a script, book and movie all of the same n...

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Catrine Watt

Dear Donna Segura, The first response to your request of (free) help from a mentor should be to ask yourself if you'd be willing to do the same for someone else. In your case, share your PR knowledge...

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Donna Segura

Catrine, thank you and I fully agree and completely understand your statement to the latter. In short, yes while I did post this with full awareness that should I post this along with the premise of b...

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Catrine Watt

Best of luck with your project, Donna.

Latin american music theater in usa.

From a time to this part, Musical Theater has grown in Latin America creating its own identity from the fusion of dramaturgical and musical elements both "classic" and fusion with their own sounds and rhythms. Do you think that the music market in the United States - beyond the Spanish-speaking comm...

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Debbie Croysdale

I think it all depends on "who and how" forms the strategy to bring this type of performance to the radar. It needs to be Publicised to gain audience appreciation before produced and distributed in it...

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Debbie Croysdale

Also don't forget that Theatrical distribution is not the only road in for non mainstream Theatre with "Bijou" audiences. Various Transmedia platforms are becoming Phoenix in challenging traditional institutionalised themes. People cannot demand "Poetic" until they first see it out there.

It is 'Cookie Time'!

Hey, has anyone heard about 'Troop Beverly Hills' getting a reboot?

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