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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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Elisabeth Meier

Music would make me nervous and is like a clock ticking in the background. A song is how long? 3 minutes? I would never get into the flow but count the songs and the time... :)) I live on the country side, hence, I love the silence and the the birds singing too.

Isabeau Vollhardt

i hope both of you have a place to put bird feeders where you will be guaranteed bird song! I use music to block sudden noises, because I have PTSD, since childhood. When I choose music, I choose it f...

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Liz Randol

getting a hummingbird feeder this week! the birds calm me down..

Isabeau Vollhardt

Liz, just so you know....hummies will totally bust your ass if the diner is not to their liking! They are stunningly beautiful flurries of tiny fierceness. They will know who you are, they will know y...

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Frank Blaney

I am with you on that. I usually crank some instrumental African music or some jamming Baroque. Sets my minds at ease, gets my feet tapping and my fingers tapping the keys. Goes for all genres of writing, non-fiction and screenplays. Thanks for confessing for us.

When You're Fat And Out Of Shape, Creatively..

In the midst of finishing up a web series, I have this gnawing feeling to write the book as well. I opened MS Word and wrote the prologue. 584 words is as far as i got.  Mind you, I haven't written a book in awhile. I spent a great deal of time screenwriting so i know it like the back of my hand. It...

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Joanna Paxinou
Joanna Paxinou

I need a source for photos of classic movies and actors from the 1930s and '40s that are royalty free and don't infringe on anyone's copyrights. I need them for my online column. I would be very grateful for any suggestions.

Lesa Babb
Writer’s Notebook: The Second Act Jungle of My Lewis And Clark Draft

I’m visual so I tend to post images on my board that spur me on. What’s on your drawing board?

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

Chris Harold Stevenson

Joey, if you know the format, you should really give fiction a shot with a script. I'll bet you could knock it out with some success. I was great with horror radio plays, but that was my extent of it.

Chris Harold Stevenson

Anybody hear of the Black List, and what that entails? It's a service right? I already tossed my book into Book Office just for feces and giggles. I expect little or nothing there. But It doesn't hurt to spread the word.

Elisabeth Meier

I don't get if you just want to learn how to adapt a novel to a script or even think you just do it and your agent will sell. The last will never happen. But, you can of course learn doing it. How.

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Bill Albert

What's book office?

Chris Harold Stevenson

I just went there and it looks like a place to list your book with all the details. I signed up for the free listing, and I think they have a feature listing opportunity for around $30.00

Ben Hoene
Hello Everyone!

I am a screenwriter and author from Chicago, IL. I've directed a few shoelace budget films in the past (including a feature with a $800 budget), but the more I've been around, the more I realize I want to stick to screenwriting.

I've created my 2nd feature length screenplay, a horror film called 'Ham...

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Pamela Bolinder

Ben, hello! Welcome to Stage 32.

Joey Madia
Thoughts on The Crown and Historical Fiction

Happy Wednesday morning, writers! I just finished watching The Crown Season 3 and think it is the best one yet. Peter Morgan really executed parallel storytelling and reinforcement of prevalent themes. The actors--some of the very best in the business--were given terrific material. Being a writer an...

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Joey Madia

Excellent, Eoin. A very crucial time in the shaping of America and the world

Elisabeth Meier

Great, boys, you write what I would love to write too. I'm still searching for "my" historical time. So far I think it would be a good idea to start with what my great great grandpa experienced and if that works for me I will figure out more and go deeper to that era.

Joey Madia

Sounds exactly right, Elisabeth! If you have some time, have a look at that article I recently wrote. It might give you some ideas as well. Happy writing!

Martin Reese

I admire folks who write historical. I've got one that I've shelved. Studying for it was fascinating, but creating the characters and giving them personality is very challenging.

Joey Madia

Martin, if I can offer some advice, people (characters) are people in any story. Once you have all of that research, let them play around in it. Each era has its own particular concerns as far as the...

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Book Promotion Ideas?

Hi Everyone, my new book is out and I'd love to get any tips for promotion, especially in the US, so if you have any great ideas please let me know. At the moment I'm pretty focused on Insta and finding influencers to work with but happy to try other things ;-)

Daisy White

Thank you Heidi that's v useful and I love the library idea! x

John Michael German

She asked people...

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Elisabeth Meier

It would be good to know your target group better and what these people are doing. You can read a part of your book at garden parties in clubs for women, at book fairs or even in shopping malls in you...

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Elisabeth Meier

Oh, one more... what about a reading for your instagram community? Produce a podcast or a video at vimeo, youtube....

John Ellis

Once all the "social distancing" stuff goes away, and if you're novel is a genre (esp. romance, sci-fi, horror or fantasy), look at attending conventions for those genres. Not ComicCons, they're too e...

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Rayner Guerra
Foreign writer.

Greetings. A question for writers who have been in a situation that needs two writers for a work but writers are in different countries. How to make a contract for the writer who is in a distant place, another country? And that he receives profits from the projection of the film. How to give confide...

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Thoko Zulu

Hello Rayner.

My thoughts are that the contracts for both writers if co-writing and playing equal roles must pay the same, including profit shares.

I have been offered writing gigs from other countries...

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Rayner Guerra

Thanks for your explanation. I appreciate that.

Elisabeth Meier

Rayner Guerra I agree to Thoko Zulu Both writers deserve the same contract. The one who's searching a co-writer obviously needs help. The other one wants to work and get paid and usually wouldn't appl...

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Sharmeen Akbani Gangat
Theaters Seek Mini Plays

Nonprofits around the country plan to commission works of no longer than 10 minutes that can be read or performed by people sheltering in place: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company -- in partnership with Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, The Public Theater, and Repertory Theatre of St. Louis --...

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Amanda Jiang
Looking for a writer to collaborate with

I’m an actress and producer, last year I starred in, executive produced, and financed the pilot episode of Duty’s Veil, a multiple award-winning crime show about a determined American detective hunting for a serial killer in her new UK hometown of Cardiff.

I’m starting a new project, I‘m looking for...

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Heidi Schussman
Screenplay Contest

Hey fellow authors, I wanted to share this with you. Screencraft has several contests going, but this one really got my attention. It's a seperate contest for True Stories and Public Domain Adaptations. I entered yesterday, though it wasn't cheap... $119 with feedback, but it's rare to find such a s...

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