Authoring & Playwriting

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

Michelle Gordon
Today's quote: "We don't need books to make films. It's the last thing we want - it turns cinema into the bastard art of illustration." — Peter Greenaway

Do you agree? Personally, I don't. I actually think that most of the really great movies have come from books, even though they don't always remain faithful to the book. Movies are not simply illustrations of the books, they are the visual version of it. Books will always have more depth and back st...

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Eric Raphael Harman

Peter Greenway is a MORON to say that. We all know it.

Gary Tucker

Yeah, I feel where he is coming from, but as a content creator and someone whose tried to write full length stuff before, I feel as long as I give credit where credit is due ( if the script is a scree...

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Olaojoyegbe Bolarinwa

Michelle, you are very right. Books give more details than written scripts. Please, add me to your network.

David E. Gates

Books are essentially stories. Screenplays are stories in a different form. Movies are the telling of stories. Why would someone suggest that which Mr. Greenaway does? There have been many books that...

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A. S. Templeton

Old thread, but I agree that it's a pretty ill-informed opinion. Broaden "Book" to include any preexisting IP, and suddenly you've identified where Hollywood gets most of its profitable ideas.

Best kno...

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Daisy White
TaleFlick

Just seen this and wondered if anyone has any experience of it? Worth the money or not? I only own the rights to my self-pub work but I'd be interested to see what happens if this is genuine.

Abdur Mohammed

Hi Daisy. I saw the ad too and figured I'd go for it. I don't know if it's legit or not (I signed up less than a week ago)...but I did make a mistake with my Logline. I emailed support, and they insta...

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David E. Gates

They claim to have routes directly to getting films made. A producer is involved.

"includes an introductory one-time single-level fee of $88 to cover curation, which makes the content available for on...

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Daisy White

Thanks so much for the info - I'll think on it ;-)

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.

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.

Cathy Yeater

I wrote a script for a movie, decided it was too one dimensional, began rewriting it as a novella, and realized it would be great as a TV pilot, now trying to rewrite it in television format, even though I'm only half way finished with the novella.

Ruben Whitter

Amazing news! Do you have a link to it? I'll give it a read.

Phil Mitchell

High Ruben, Who's work do you want a link to? David, Malcolm, Cathy, or Phil's?

Julie Kenner

I realize this comment is very late, but I just want to point out to those of you writing novels that legitimate book agents don't charge you money. And there are a lot of scammers out there right now...

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Roll Call: Who here is working on either their first novel or a new project? Looking to connect.

Hey y'all. I"m currently working on my debut novel (i'll be self-publishing) and was wondering who else here is writing either a debut novel or just a new project in general. I'd love to connect. This journey seems a bit lonely at times and has a unique set of challenges (like self-doubt) that come...

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Jane Timberlake

I am literally about to start writing a book. I finished an odd ten minute play for radio ... It won't get accepted but I'm glad I did it, interesting practice writing something as tame as possible. I...

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Julie Kenner

I'm far from a debut novelist, but I am working on a new book in a new genre. Good luck with yours! Self-doubt is an evil beast, but the excitement and enthusiasm of something new can conquer it. Try...

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"Life between the beat" my autobiography

how to find an editor with no money?

Jane Timberlake

Students of editing who'll do it for the experience? Approach professionals and ask for an instalment plan?

Timothy Gurciullo

Thank you Jane. I think that's a great idea.

Ozz Borges

Jane, where do we connect with those students? It seems im in the same hole.

Jane Timberlake

Google? English students? Creative writing students? Those doing their Masters? Your local unis and colleges? It was just a suggestion since students in other fields do things for free sometimes.

Dan MaxXx

You have to have some money. Get a PT job and save. You're cheating yourself and your craft.

Therone Shellman
Write a Synopsis, or Outline first before writing your book

Many new writers wonder where to begin with writing their book. I wrote my first two novels, Love Don't Live Here, and No Love Lost before attending Gothams Writers Workshop in NYC for screenplaywriting. It was in this class where I learned, writing a synopsis provides a writer with a guideline as t...

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Julie Kenner

I've published over 100 novels and novellas, most traditionally published through NY publishers, and for the vast majority of them, I wrote a synopsis, the format of which is much like a treatment (pr...

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James Drago

Thank you for your post Julie Kenner. Very insightful. I sent you an invite.

James Walsh

Write the ending first so you know where you're going...

Julie Kenner

Thanks, James Drago - accepted! And James Walsh, I agree you need to know the ending. Disagree that you need to actually write it. But a map is definitely key. Know where you're starting. Know where y...

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Kevin Carothers

I have spent more times spent on the outline than the script.

I start with a 90-120 bullet point outline.

I make sure each bullet point leads to the next and vice-versa.

Then I add sluglines.

At that poi...

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Scott Wiggins
Starting at the Beginning

I have been sitting on this idea for years now and lately have been having a very strong itch to start the process to make my vision a reality. I have for some time now had a concept for an interactive theater experience that immerses the audience in a horror story and makes them the driving force i...

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Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

I ran into this, seems they're pretty well on it. http://www.producers-group.com/about/

Scott Wiggins

Thank you but thats a bit premature to try and work on getting producers and a staff when I dont have a full script or concept yet.

Willem Lodewijk Elzenga

I see what you mean. But I doubt if anyone would write for spec on your venture. Nevertheless, there are many writers here on Stage32, so with a little networking it should be possible to get connecte...

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Jane Timberlake

I like this idea very much. I once did a workshop where one of the participants was writing a horror play and we had great ideas to make the bar haunted during the interval. ... Really should follow that up.

Diandra Anne Mamo
RADIO PLAY Handbook

~ Dear Radio Playwrights out there ~

What is THE best handbook and reference to turn to write a radio play and one that is properly formatted?

Noted also that there are 2 formats: UK and US. Both acceptable right?

And what is the best approach to promote a radio play to get performed once done?

Thanks...

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Sarah Caldwell

I am not a professional by any stretch of the mark? But if you do want to produce a radio play do it on cast box. My late father was an audiophile. Reel 2 reels was how he recorded many radio play's....

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Jane Timberlake

I'm having a bash at radio plays myself. First, got to get back into the habit of listening to the radio! Second, when I hear a production I like, note the producer, and hopefully they're looking for...

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Play writing and screenwriting

Any one else on here also write stage plays? I just write my first. Really loved the challenge

Gustavo Freitas

I do. It's a musical called "Medo" ("Fear"). I'm not sure if "do" is the right verb, because it's in production right now and I'm stuck with the rewrites and reunions with the director and producer. S...

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Daniel Benshana

one with my mother years ago, I have several radio plays but mainly I enjoy acting other people's work on stage when it comes to plays.

Jane Timberlake

I wrote a play. Everyone told me I'd written a film, so drowned was I in scriptwriting technique. I still long to write an actual play ...

Looking for a critique/brainstorming partner!

Hi there, I need help with my story ideas and brainstorming. If interested in teaming up, please PM me!

Ruben Whitter

Hey I would love to collaborate with you! I'm always full of ideas!

Tyler McAlister

Always up for brainstorming!

Malcolm White

Children are despicable little monstrosities, insufferable curiosity and display a unique gift at emulated behavior ….usually from another child or adult who we whole hearty disapprove of….. I know because I raised 6 of them, who have blessed me with numerous grandchildren.

Shelton Bumgarner
Writing an allegory about the 2016 election

I find myself writing a scifi novel that is shaping up to be an allegory of sorts about the 2016 presidential campaign. If anyone might be interested in learn more or letting me bounce ideas off of you, contact me directly. I could see this being adapted into a movie quiet easily. The concept is very cinematic, at least.

Ruben Whitter

Aha the US election feels like something out of a movie! Are you still writing it?

Vasco Phillip de Sousa
Comic books anyone?

Just wondered if anyone here works in the world of comics (or graphic novels), and has any wisdom to share on that topic.

I like Brazilian comics, some superheroes, Tintin and Belgian comics, Asterix, Japanese Manga, even Archie, and my favourite has to be Calvin and Hobbes (because its creator refus...

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Adrianne Grayson

I do. Check out my page on this site. Also my facebook.com/superciliouscomics1

Vasco Phillip de Sousa

Thanks.

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