Authoring & Playwriting

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

Catch 22

I've been writing for six years. I've completed seven scripts and done over 50 pitch sessions. I feel like I am caught in a perpetual quagmire where companies will only look at my scripts if they come from a manager and reps will only take me seriously if I can  get some kind of writing credits. How is it possible to wiggle out of this trap?

Dan MaxXx

Join a Writers group, network with repped Writers, ask for a referral.

A. S. Templeton

I'll 2nd Dan: before you $plurge on expensive notes or coverage, get some feedback from ordinary people: screenwriting group, writer's group, even friends. Make sure you've not written crap before sen...

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Andrew Essiet

Keep doing what you know best. Contact or network with experts in that field. You will clique to success one day.

Regina Lee

Easier said than done but try to win a prestigious contest, which will open doors for you. Break a leg!!!

Legal Question

I am about to work with an illustrator for one of my books I have written but I'm wondering if it is appropriate to ask her to sign an agreement so that my work is protected? That's not to say I don't trust her, I do, but I want to make sure I do this the right way, are there any resources out there or templates for agreements?
Thanks....

David E. Gates

I got a proof-reader to sign an NDA. It's just a formality that protects you to a degree. If they have issues signing it, you'd have to wonder what their motivation is for doing the work.

Hayley Kelley

Thank you all, she has no concerns with signing the NDA, so that's good.. we are meeting next week to begin the process... can't wait!

Andrew Essiet

Copyright your work. It's the best coverage to get.

Hayley Kelley

@Andrew Essiet Thanks ... I will def do that.. I have done that with a couple of my songs/lyrics already!

Andrew Essiet

It is the surest way and easy too.

Marketing for Indie YA/NA Authors

I've written 2 YA/NA novels and the 3rd of the series is about half way finished now. I use FB and Instagram mainly to market but it's difficult in my genre. I would love to find my target audience and even find anyone who could help me pitch my series to anyone in the film or TV industry because at...

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Shawn Speake

Who's your writing coach?

Author Jason Blayne

I don't have one, everything is done "in house" for now

Are there theatrical producers, playwrights, actors. drama publishers and directors here?

Where are the professionals in the house? We need to talk! I'm a playwright (an aspiring one) seeking to meet you al and assert the possibility of handling my represented plays. Just simply place your comments, disclosing your name and your positions of interest (actor, producer e.t.c)Thanks

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Yep! Just go to the lounge Header they are listed by craft. Get into whatever discussion you want to.

Amanda Shapiro

I have written plays but not for theater though but I still might be good at them,I am great at Directing for sure though.just keep this in mind

Ihekuna Chimezie Benedict

Can i send you an excerpt, Amanda Shapiro? If yes, please provide me your email address

Ihekuna Chimezie Benedict

Steven Harris Anzelowitz Thanks for the advice. @ Amanda Shapiro, This is the summary of the play, The Success Story Again, The Play title is ''The Success Story'' Below are the synopsis, characters, ...

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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.

Donna Hoke

My plays tend to be about a page a minute, but I don't write a lot of dense text and monologues, which add time quickly (and which aren't usually found in screenplays, which is why there can be a standard that hews closer to reality). If you're unsure, have it read, as others have advised.

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.

Thalli pogathae

An interesting love story

Omniscience

I'm working on a goddess character for my fantasy novel. I know writers can do what they want in the world of their stories, but I'm trying to thread with caution. My plan is making the character flawed like a human. I don't really know if there is any standard in respect to this. Should Godlike cha...

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C Harris Lynn

Hercules and Achilles are two from Western Mythology. :)

http://pantheon.org/

Christian Pius

Thanks, @David. My god could have those flaws. :))

Vanar Jaddou

@ David. Humans obsessed with power, those who have God-like dominion over things (i.e. tryants, etc) struggle with paranoia. Always expecting to be betrayed. And so they must remove threats before th...

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Christian Pius

Vanar Jaddou. Great comments! Very helpful. I think a God could struggle with paranoia. Insecurity can come in a whole lot of ways, like the need to be worshiped by humanity to sustain relevance. Its...

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Anthony Moore

Read a few good comic books or graphic novels. These people are flawed and have god-like powers. The similarities between some modern heros and those in mythology are quite stunning at times.

Help?

I'm stuck inside a hole, well that's what it feels like anyways, running around in circles, screaming with your hand in the air. Hoping someone out there can hear you? Yeah, I feel that way at times. Anyways, I've written a story, I believe it's really good, but I am not sure what my next step is, I...

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Katy O'Hara

Thank you guys so much! I will definitely use what you said and see what it does for me. I have been feeling so stuck, but maybe this will be a next big step. Thanks again everyone!

Ernest Langston

Get a copy of The Writer magazine, check the listings in the markets section (last several pages) and submit to the appropriate ones. Read short story journals & reviews. Most important suggestion here is, keep writing until someone accepts one of your stories.

Leonard D. Hilley II

Hi Katy. Several questions: How long is your story? What is the format (short story, script, or novel)? What is the genre? If this is literary fiction, there are several good resources online. QueryTr...

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David Taylor

I quite like 'Authors Publish Magazine' email alerts. They give Agent, publisher, magazine and others looking for submissions.

A. S. Templeton

Don't know what you mean by "trying to get public". Forget social media; it won't work and there are many trolls lurking out there. Strongly recommend you in-person exchange first chapters with other...

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Honored!

Hello fellow authors, screenwriters etc! I was recently honored by an amazing celebrity and person we all know and love, Mark Hamill AKA Luke Skywalker! He honored me by adding his name to the special thanksof my latest sci-fi book release Aliens Believe Too! 3 RETURN OF THE AKKINUU, and wanted a si...

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What I do

Hey guys so I may have just turned 15 but I love writing and honestly I wanna do it professionally I do a lot of romance or zombie apocalypse things. I also do military things but I'm not to good at those I have a wattpad Account that has a little bit of my work! Let me know if you're interested in working with me.

A. S. Templeton

The danger at any stage in writing, whether starting out or cranking out one's 500th work, is writing derivatively or chasing an existing trend. With all due respect to the late "Robert Jordan", when I...

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David Taylor

FYI - There is quite a demand for lower budget romance. Being 15 might give you an edge on that.

App

Any input on Apps for writing would be great, they all tout themselves as THE best but lets face it, we know that's not always the case and using basic docs or pages for short children's books are one thing but as I delve into my novel I know I will need something else, preferably easy to navigate and practical. Thanks in advance... Hayley

David E. Gates

Am I missing something? I've used Word for decades and don't really have any issues with it. Looking at scrivener, it touts doing things that Word already does fine. The only things I can see, albeit...

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A. S. Templeton

Yes, David, you really are missing not just something but many things about Scrivener. Only about 5% of Word's native features are of use to writers in actually cranking out words. Word has no equival...

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Hayley Kelley

A. S. Templeton Great points and Yes, I have tried working with Word but found I needed something a little more specific to what I am working on,however @David E Gates, I do appreciate your take on th...

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David E. Gates

I guess it depends how you write, when creating the structure and planning your novel etc. I create a list of everything that I want to put into the story. I then shuffle those around to get the flow...

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C Harris Lynn

I don't choose names for principals randomly; I choose them based on their meaning. That being said, I like having a quick solution to names for supporting characters. I also love being able to shuffl...

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