Authoring & Playwriting

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

New book

Hi guys! I’ve been writing feature screenplays for a dozen years with no luck in producing them. So I’ve decided to try a different tack. I’ve written a novel in three acts and the publisher I’ve sent it to is interested. Just wanted to share that with you.

David Lake

Wrote a treatment 25 yrs ago and was in light discussion with a top Hollywood studio. Changes at the studio and I fell between the cracks. So wrote the book. Irvin Kershner got hold of a copy and love...

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A. S. Templeton

Well, that’s the trick: write a novel with adaptation potential—indeed, one for which a screenplay already exisis—then get it published and wait for the Hollywood offers to roll in. I suspect the probl ...

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Phil Mitchell

Just spent £310.00 with a literary agent to get my Spec script, Log line, and Synopsis up to speed. The experience has taught me a lot, and I think it was money well spent. I have three eBooks sitting...

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Malcolm White

In 2008, I took 100 copies of my book to Atlanta International Airport news stand, gave them free to him and they all sold. He call and I sold him 500 more....point is the first 100 copies were read o...

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Phil Mitchell

Thanks Malc, the thing is all my stuff's in electric, I don't have anything in hard copy. But great to see you're doing so well, keep it up mate.

Feedback on 5 minute play

Hello everyone, I recently finished a 5 minute play and I would love to get feedback. It tackled class and racism. I think my biggest weakness right now is the dialogue and pacing. I feel that it may be a bit on the nose and preachy at times and that's something I really want to work on. If anyone w...

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Malcolm White

Racism is for small minded people and Politics; you are riding a dead horse and will end up walking back to the barn. That is how I would address your play…..and that's without reading your work...I'm 65, what is your targeted age group?

Is it me you're looking for...

Been a children's writer and playwright and decided to look into screenplays. I am working with Edmund Ovenden on a few ideas for movies that would not take much make but be entertaining and insightful - in their way

Malcolm White


The Maxwell Depositions ….just an idea....

Tough rejections from the past

Maybe ESSNAY is Pig Latin for NIX ? :-)

Doug Nelson

A.S. I found Chaplin's old studio over by the railroad tracks in Burlingame back in about '76. It was quite a find but I was to dumb in those days to recognize it. There was a small room full of tagged & exposed film cans - they all went to the dump because I didn't know any better.

Phil Mitchell

I did something stupid. I gave away a demo 8 track of "The Who" with songs on it I had never heard and were never released.

Phil Mitchell

If the opening scene in "Inglorious Bastards" is seventeen pages long. How many pages are there in the whole script? I am constantly being told not to go over 110 pages.

A. S. Templeton

Strictly speaking, this discussion belongs in the Screenwriting lounge, but, as I never tire of pointing out, Quentin Tarantino, an established and successful writer-director for more than a quarter-c...

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Phil Mitchell

OK where's the Screenwriting lounge? I can't find it.

What would be the Best Caribbean Chase Scene ever filmed. Any taker?

Working on my Novel Las Tias de Puerto Rico and thinking what chase scene in a beautiful Carribean Island would be the best to film in once the Novel is finished. Any suggestions?

Phil Mitchell

Pirates of the Caribbean, when they were in the big wooden wheel.

Migdalia Torres

Thanks Phil Mitchell that is surely a good one. Someone suggested the James Bond 007 to Live and Let Die. I went on youtube and take a look for yourself.https://youtu.be/Zn8q0LsO4PAhttps://youtu.be/Zn8q0LsO4PA

Phil Mitchell

I haven't looked, but from memory wasn't the JB chase all speeeedeeed up?

How long is that thing?

I am writing a screenplay based on one of my books, but it's already 180 pages long and growing. I heard somewhere NOT to make scripts more than 120-140 pages. That can't be right. Can it?

Doug Nelson

It can be...and in fact, it is if you want your script read and given any serious consideration. Actually, I suggest you aim a for 100 - 110 page count. Nearer to 100 is best in today's market.

Phil Mitchell

Thanks Doug. It looks like i'll have to squeeze it down by half. Maybe I can bring back those hidden gems later? It feels a little like throwing the baby out with the bath water. It's not finished but...

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Phil Mitchell

If the opening scene in "Inglorious Bastards" is seventeen pages long. How many pages are there in the whole script? I am constantly being told not to go over 110 pages.

Script to Novel conversion

Hey Stage 32 friends, It's been a long time since I've posted and a lot has happened. Let me lay it out... I'm a screenwriter turned novelist with 7 scripts under my belt, but my focus for the past 2 years has been converting my sci-fi screenplay, Mechcraft, into a novel and publishing it. Mechcra ...

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The Pit Bull Wizard, Volume One: Animals of Asgard

I just finished writing my second book called The Pit Bull Wizard, Volume One: Animals of Asgard. I am submitting it to the fantasy contest here. It's about an adopted pit bull that discovers he has magical powers and enrolls in a secret training school for animal wizards in hops of using his new fo...

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Phil Mitchell

Good luck. Sounds good.

Help! My co-writers are infuriating!

OK - maybe I am to them as well. Here's the issue: the three of us have been creating a story Bible for months now, but they seem to enjoy the angel-on-a-pinhead discussions - interminable conversations about the subtleties of character motivations and back histories which I thought we'd nailed, but...

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Philip Sedgwick

Perhaps a document that defines participation, ownership, rights, all that mundane jazz will add some grease to the grinding gears of resistance. Structure is the backbone of creativity. Set goals. Ass ...

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Steve Roberts

Yep - you're right. I think I just needed a bit of backbone stiffening. Thank you for the comments. Do you think that endless playing around with speculative musings on motives, just putting off the e...

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Richard Buzzell

Axe-murder them.

Tabitha Baumander

and this is why I write alone


James Wunderlich

When my current writing partner asked if I would work with him he was in a similar situation. He informed me that although they had covered the walls of their writing studio with index cards full of i...

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President

I have goal to produce an autobio on my life of 60 years and have been involved in intriguing events and met fascinating and special people.. I also have goal to author a book based on my life possibly tie the two together somehow.

Idea/execution protection: seeking advice from anyone with has sold their creative work

Posting it here since it may help others too. Any advice is very welcome. I have an idea that I'd love to see become an original series. I read that "if your show idea can be done without you… or if you worry your show can be done without you… you haven’t done your job well enough. You haven’t expres ...

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PrimeTime: The Truth About Protecting Your Work - Script Magazine
PrimeTime: The Truth About Protecting Your Work - Script Magazine
Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend to the Great American Pitchfest! ...And especially thanks to those of you I met at my pitchin…
Dan MaxXx

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was 15 years ago. Go meet working folks in tv. Your dream is the same as everybody else. Networks buy Writers and their team. They buy people who can deliver week after week, y...

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Adriana Beal

Dan MaxXx Hmm... I probably wasn't super clear on what I was asking. "If you don't want to write" <-- I love writing and will never stop writing. What I don't want is to develop a career in screenwriti ...

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Adriana Beal

Jeff E. Gregory Thank you so much for the suggestions! They make perfect sense, and I'd never have thought on my own to look for a writing competition, so your help is much apppreciated. The blog post ...

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My Uncle - David Storey

Growing up, I knew that my uncle was a well-known playwright in the UK. When I was a teenager, I was able to understand the importance and brilliance of being a Booker Prize-winning writer. But, it wasn't until his passing earlier last year, that I understood the profound significance he had on theat ...

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Wal Friman

Low-key as successful. That is nice.

LindaAnn Loschiavo

The Booker Prize! Wow! That's major. Many thanks for this post on your playwright uncle. STOREY is a great monicker for any writer. Jeremy Storey

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