Authoring & Playwriting

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

Getting off the ground

I'm still pretty new to writing. I've never published anything other than a few papers for school. What's the best way to get noticed as an author?

Jeff E. Gregory

Depends on what the ultimate goal is. Please expand on your aspiration.

Screenwriting and Radio Play Formatting

Till now I've always written and adapted for theatre; it aids to be direct with the audience and it livens me up to work straight away into production. I wouldn't change it for the world as there's a special kind of creative freedom for us theatre practitioners. But lately I have had this sort of inw ...

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Dan MaxXx

save your money and get books from the Library. "screenwriter's bible" by Trottier seems to be format standard. And read scripts online. they are free. read 1000 produced scripts by Writers with track...

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Diandra Anne Mamo

Dan MaxXx Thanks a bunch Max! Much appreciated. Should you need a handbook yourself to write theatre plays i highly recommend Fraser Grace's book "Playwriting: A Writers' and Artists' Companion". Was b...

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David Timber

I can recommend a book, "The Art of Adaptation: Turning Fact And Fiction Into Film" by Linda Seger. I found it to be a clear and concise explanation on the differences between novels, plays, other wri...

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Diandra Anne Mamo

@DavidTimber Thanks David. Actually i wanted to learn different mediums rather than inclining to say screenwriting so as to deliver the story that might be calling into such other mediums. But your suggested resource sounds very promising too, thank you.

Diandra Anne Mamo

Any radio writers out there?

Nancy Carpenter

I have four unpublished books (don't judge me). I also leveraged one of the books into a seven episode limited drama series, as well as a treatment for additional episodes if the first goes well. Seems there could be some nice synergy with both the book and TV. Any thoughts are appreciated.

Izzibella Beau

I agree with David. What's stopping you from indie publishing?

Chris Everheart

Based on what I'm hearing "trans-media" is a great place to be right now - book/tv/film/etc all working together. I'm creating a comic book series right now with an eye to a feature film. Good feedback so far. Keep up the great work, Nancy!

Jeff E. Gregory

Self-publish (consider using Smashwords and/or Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon)), then work on getting an agent.

David E. Gates

If you need help self-publishing, drop me a private message.

Jeff E. Gregory

I can also provide advice.

Someone may be interested in my writing.

More hopefully Good News. My partner hasn't heard back from the man who was interested in our horror movie, but he has been busy. But the other good news is someone has looked at one of my scripts; a zombie spoof. No guarantees, but I'm hoping.

W Keith Sewell

lol... genius! When in doubt - bring in the Zombies!

Jeff E. Gregory

Now would be a great time to have an agent.

Lance Ness

Jeff Gregory - If you have a suggestion I'm listening.

Jeff E. Gregory

Here it is: Research obtaining representation. Learn how to write an outstanding query letter and plan on a year in the trenches.

Lance Ness

A year? Rats. Well it beats never

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.

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.

Glen Kinnaird

Yes, a stage play is approximately the same as a film script. 1 page = 60 seconds

When do I need to get a Literary Agent?

Hello Everyone! I'm new to this page but I've been on Stage 32 for a few years now. I've had some recent success having a well known producer read and like one of my TV pilot scripts. He has given me his permission to use his name in trying to sell the project. This is a huge opportunity for me but...

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Michael A. Barone

Migdalia, Yes I did and will keep doing so! Thanks and God bless!

Jack Bybee

Michael: I've been in book publishing (to a large extent) most of my life. Do you mean, by "Literary Agent", an agent in book publishing, or because Stage 32 is for movies, a movie agent? If the former, ...

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Michael A. Barone

Jack, Thanks for the note. I'm spring boarding off of Evan S. Smith's book "Writing Television Sitcoms". On page 191 and 192 he defines the job of a "literary agent" or "lit" agents. He states that an...

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Jack Bybee

Michael:
 I might be at fault here, but I believe it is the use of the term “Literary Agent” that is causing confusion. To my knowledge a “LITERARY” Agent deals solely with literature (i.e. Fiction man...

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Michael A. Barone

Jack, I hope to find an agent who deals with all that you have listed: "IP (Intellectual Property) Agent, an Entertainment Agent, a movie script agent" What ever kind of agent does that! I appreciate...

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The Diary of Camp Better Place Station Author Migdalia Torres

Hi, everyone. It's been a while. Still working on another rewrite for The Diary of Camp Better Place Station. Can anyone tell me how do you take care of tired eyes. Any Home Remedies out there. I need all the advice I can get.

Gary Smiley

Hm. Camomile tea then let it cool somewhat then dip a cloth in it and put on eyes.

Migdalia Torres

Thank You for the advice, Mr. Gary Smiley. I will look into it.

Should School Theatre Programs get a free pass?

Today, I read a blog post in which the author argues that production rights for plays and musicals should be licensed for free to schools that otherwise can't afford to pay. This author, whom I respect greatly, correctly points out the value that arts education represents for schools, and makes the i ...

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David E. Gates

Too many people want something for nothing these days. A friend of mine wrote two plays, Titanic - The Musical and Wacky Soap, and allows schools to have them at a discounted rate. I think you're doin...

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Daniel Benshana

The place of money in the spirit of creativity is actually non-existent. Money enters the picture when creativity interacts with society. If artists are to be listened to down the ages, then money is...

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Stanley N. Lozowski

Teaching in high schools and colleges, we charged admission and we paid for the rights to stage a play.

Script or Novel .... Or Both?

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

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.

Izzibella Beau

I've done both, book to script and vice versa

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?

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?

David E. Gates

They didn't tell me - it was restored after a few days. Their support is terrible. They didn't tell me it was back up either. I logged the issues with their search more than nine months ago and still...

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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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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.

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