Authoring & Playwriting

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

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Marcel Nault Jr.
The Problem with Writing a Story About... Writers.

This was a very insightful article in my opinion. It seems that writers, no pun intended, became a trope for us writers out there.

https://www.cartoonshateher.com/p/writers-cant-stop-writing-about-writer......

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Ashley Renee Smith

I agree, Terrence Sellers. Christmas Vacation is my favorite holiday film and I watch it every year. The office scenes are brilliant because they don't disrupt the flow of the story and actually manag...

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Terrence Sellers

Ashley Renee Smith I watch it every year too!

Ashley Renee Smith

Terrence Sellers, It's our Christmas Eve tradition! =)

M LaVoie

Tom Kapinos admitted himself that Californication is a "writer's fantasy. There's no reality in which beautiful women are throwing themselves at the feet of middle aged novelists".

The character of Ha...

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Phil Stubbs

A Protagonist with layers of flaws = Writer...end of story.... LOL!

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Jonathan Jordan
Ask Me Anything (AMA) Wednesday 4/24 to Thursday 4/25 - What is a Ghostwriter?

Ghostwriters...we put the "boo" in books. But what does ghostwriting actually look like?

Like many others, I used to think of ghostwriting as being a "sellout"...at least, until I stumbled into it during an editing gig in 2019. Ever since then, I've been ghostwriting content for thought leaders, incl...

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Maurice Vaughan

Cool mug, Jonathan Jordan! Fellow ghostwriter here (screenplays). Thanks for having this AMA. When do ghostwriters get credit for their work?

Sam Sokolow

What a great opportunity to learn about ghostwriting work. You must learn so much doing that work. Thanks for doing this AMA, Jonathan Jordan!

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Terrence Sellers
Only in My Dreams!

A funny thing happened to me last week. As I finally got the fantasy trilogy I've been working on ready for querying, I submitted the copyright application for all 3 books at the same time. This is because group applications cost less. Since I knew I wouldn't be querying until I finished all 3, it m...

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Maurice Vaughan

Thanks for giving everyone a heads up, Terrence Sellers.

Jonathan Jordan

Yeah, I would definitely avoid those type of publishers. They tend to be rather predatory, take advantage of aspiring fiction authors, and their quality is usually [imagine a poop emoji here]. You're...

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Ashley Renee Smith
The 9 Levels Of Story- Part 1: Cosmic, Culture, & Life

Hey, Writers!

Embarking on the journey of becoming a successful screenwriter involves delving into the intricacies of storytelling at various levels. In today's blog, a Stage 32 member is sharing the first 3 levels of his 9 Levels of Story method!

https://www.stage32.com/blog/the-9-levels-of-story-par...

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Lynelle Paulick
NDA for protection during draft reading period?

Has anyone ever had a reader sign an NDA? ;)

Ashley Renee Smith

I've seen NDAs in the casting stage, but not the early reader stage when it's just a draft Lynelle Paulick. Most industry readers would be put off by that kind of request and it would likely keep your...

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Lynelle Paulick

Thanks, Ashley! I was thinking on a muuuuch smaller level ;) -- even when having, say, actor friends, people like me who often use audition material or scripts by others that are not produced, to work...

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Ashley Renee Smith

It's never silly to wonder and ask! I'm so glad you reached out to the community and I hope you'll continue doing so. But the important thing to remember is that no one will ever write something the w...

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Leonardo Ramirez

Hi Lynelle Paulick - very nice to meet you. I've never had anyone sign an NDA for a draft. Once my script is polished, I do register it with the US Copyright office. And I'm with Ashley on this, it's...

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Preston Poulter

Yes, people have had readers sign NDAs. I generally discourage the practice.

Amanda Toney
Book-to-Screen: Taking Your Book (or Screenplay) from Proposal to Published to Produced

I happened to listen to this webinar yesterday when I was working and it really has some awesome advice from Lane about book proposals and partials: https://www.stage32.com/education?p=8944830742835

Highly recommend for anyone that's looking to go from book to screen.

Maurice Vaughan

Thanks, Amanda Toney. I just added this to my webinar list.

Ashley Renee Smith

I love Lane! She's a wonderful person and a really smart filmmaker.

Ashley Renee Smith
Friday's Ask Me Anything with Shaun O'Banion!

Hey, Writers!

Don't miss out on tomorrow's fantastic AMA with Shaun O'Banion, Award-Winning Film & Television Producer & Owner of Ravenwood Films (JOJO RABBIT, JUNGLE CRUISE, GENIUS) in the Writer's Room Lounge! Shaun is sharing his time with us to answer YOUR questions about "Common Producer Red Fla...

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Lynelle Paulick
Using ChatGPT for screenplay feedback??

May I get an opinion on using this AI platform as a first-review feedback mechanism? I'm hearing both "really good idea" and "reallllllly bad idea"!

Richard "RB" Botto

Some great notes here already, so I'll echo - for brainstorming and researching, but certainly not for analysis of one's work.

Gregory Barone

you can ask PI, GPT, and Gem to act or roll play as a screen writer and it will do it just like one. I have more of these.

Lynelle Paulick

What incredible responses [jawdrop emoji]. Thank you, all.

Amanda Toney

It's a great tool to help with loglines, especially when you struggle with sharing a story in a single sentence.

Phil Clarke

I'll also echo the same thought as many: while I'm generally against AI in this field of endeavour, if you're doing it for some basic research or to inspire you (maybe creating some visuals to help pu...

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Amanda Toney
You wrote a book! Now make a viral TikTok about it.
You wrote a book! Now make a viral TikTok about it.
You wrote a book! Now make a viral TikTok about it.
Authors can no longer succeed in their craft by writing alone. They must embody multiple roles: writers, publicists, digital marketers, and social media managers. Here's how that's affecting writers and their work.
Ashley Renee Smith

BookTok is everything these days. It's power knows no bounds. Lol!

John Roane

I am a published author. I started late in life and have four books traditionally published on Amazon. I keep blowing my royalty checks at Starbucks, so I guess I'm going to be forced to jump into soc...

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Amanda Toney

You got this John Roane! Here's a great resource for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjjjlJw2cgM...

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Frank Van Der Meijden
Tools for writing in general

One of my students works with Scrivener. For writing, organizing and adding notes. Is this tool interesting for writing in general?

Jonathan Jordan

I know lots of people I trust who love Scrivener even though I don't use it myself. It's got some great features, though. I use Google Docs a ton since many of my projects are collaborative efforts. I...

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Frank Van Der Meijden

Thanx for all the feedback!

Marsy Robinson

i've never heard of this! excited to dig in! thanks!

Richard "RB" Botto

Great informations Jonathan Jordan

Jessica Novinger

I use Scrivener, it works exports to most formats. They have a screenwriting format as well — fantastic, affordable tool.

Suzanne Bronson
Phoenix Authors!

Come to this month's in person S32 Meetup

https://www.stage32.com/meetups/1970/April-Stage-32-Phoenix-In-Person-Meetup

Alexander Benra
Market for Kids-Musicals

Hi you all, I will poste the same question in the Composer Lounge:

Do you think or have experience whether there is a market for Kids-Musicals. I am not thinking of the big stuff (Broadway etc) but College or High School productions, with a small or no budget, very limited instruments and players on...

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Ashley Renee Smith

I do think there's a market for kid's musicals, Alexander Benra. But when it comes to plays for schools, you have to be mindful of a myriad of factors such as subject matter, budget, scale, etc. Not a...

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Leonardo Ramirez

If anything, the success of the High School Musical movies attest to that, Alexander Benra. You can also take it a step further and incorporate some kind of "readers theater" that includes music. I ha...

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Ashley Renee Smith

Thats so neat, Leonardo Ramirez! What a fun experience!

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