Authoring & Playwriting

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

Ben Htoo
10 Inspiring Alex Trebek Quotes for Screenwriters

These quotes from the original Jeopardy! host can give you ideas on crafting your stories. https://screencraft.org/2021/01/11/10-inspiring-alex-trebek-quotes-for-screenwriters/?utm_source=drip&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10+Things+Screenwriters+Don’t+Need+to+Worry+About

10 Inspiring Alex Trebek Quotes for Screenwriters - ScreenCraft
10 Inspiring Alex Trebek Quotes for Screenwriters - ScreenCraft
After a long battle with pancreatic cancer, TV legend Alex Trebek passed away at his home on November 8, 2020, surrounded by his family and friends. His death left generations of Jeopardy! fans shocke…
Ben Htoo
10 Things Screenwriters Don’t Need to Worry About

Don’t worry, be happy! https://screencraft.org/2021/01/06/10-things-screenwriters-dont-need-to-worry-about/?utm_source=drip&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10+Things+Screenwriters+Don’t+Need+to+Worry+About

10 Things Screenwriters Don't Need to Worry About - ScreenCraft
10 Things Screenwriters Don't Need to Worry About - ScreenCraft
Screenwriters are always told what they do have to worry about in their screenwriting journey. So today, let's take some weight off of your shoulders and give you a helpful list of what you have to wo…
LindaAnn Loschiavo
The Stage: Should we modernize Shakespeare?

Last year I reviewed "Tempest" -- one of 3 versions of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," mounted in NYC, and staged as a response to Hurricane Sandy (of all things). It is OK to tinker with the Bard? http://www.thestage.co.uk/opinion/future-players/2013/09/modernise-shake......

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Birgit Syran Myaard

I don't believe it's Shakespeare if you change the dialogue to modern language. I have no problem, however, putting the words in a modern setting. In fact, I recently completed a screen adaptation of...

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Liz Warner

Honestly, Shakespeare's plays are produced so often, I don't have a problem with "modernizing" if someone wants to do a different take on them. More traditional productions are presented for any of us who like them that way.

LindaAnn Loschiavo

English Lit Student: Why teachers should not assign Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ - - - is Kelsey May right? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/06/22/student-w......

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Vasco Phillip de Sousa

Shakespeare's plays are often adaptations anyway. Many of his contemporaries did their own Hamlet, their own Julius Caesar, their own Richard III. Almost all of his stories were sourced from elsewhere...

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Cassidy Cash

Arguably, since we cannot know for certain some key details about staging the plays in the 16th century (Like was poor George Plantagenet drowned on stage or just off stage?) then all performances of...

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Victoria Kuzmina
Self-editing software

Hi all, A question for self-editing authors: what do you think about Fictionary (StoryTeller)? Also, do you have an editing routine?

E. Lamoreaux

Hi, Victoria. My editing process is actually rather simple though pretty time-consuming. After I finish a screenplay in Final Draft, I would proofread the entire script to look for typos and grammatic...

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David E. Gates

I find reading what I've written on an alternative device, like a Kindle compared to Word, can often highlight mistakes/errors or typos or formatting issues. Also, try reading sections in reverse orde...

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Kiril Maksimoski

My very first draft is a vomit draft I show no one...then it's usually 2-3 weeks of cooling off period, then I go through it with fresh take and edits...

Dale Swaby

Edit as you go it's easy. Paying for this service is writer sacrilege.

Sherry Lee Peterson

Hi Victoria, I usually hand write my first draft. It's just part of my process. From there, Final Draft is the software I use. As far as editing goes, I don't care how many times I've gone over someth...

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Tanya Hilson
Written pitch

I signed up for a pitch but a written pitch for the first time. Can somebody explain to me how this works for this is my first written pitch? What comes next?

Aray Brown

You can email Nick at WriterHelp@stage32.com

Karen "Kay" Ross

Thanks, Aray! She's correct, you can reach out to Nick who can guide your next steps. At the very least, you should expect a scorecard with a paragraph or so of feedback, but ask Nick about the turnaround.

John Ellis

On the pitch page, there's a S32 guideline that you can download.

Letitia R. Washington
Excited to be here!

Good day all! Just dropping a quick line to say how excited I am to be here.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Welcome.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Letitia R. Washington! My name is Kay, I'm the Community Manager here at Stage 32. Nice to meet you! So glad to hear you're excited to be here - we're excited to have you! What are you working on...

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Sherry Lee Peterson

Hi Letitia, welcome to Stage 32! It''s like being in a candy store. There's so much experience, encouragement, and energy, that the possibilities are endless.

Looking for Poets

Hi, I run a YouTube channel that mixes nature footage and poetry. I've been looking to meet more poets who would be interested in writing for the channel. Does anyone here have any ideas on how I can reach more poets? Organizations or meetups?

Luna Kayne

Hi Matthew, I share a lot of my poetry and prose on Twitter. You may want to look there. Many use hashtags #poetry, #poetrycommunity. I hope this helps.

Laurie Gabriel

There might be Facebook, poet groups. I'd try linked.com groups as well. Posting flyers where people do open mikes. Yelp would be a place to find those. They're generally in coffee shops. And try typi...

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Matthew Kirkman

Thanks for the ideas!

Tasha Lewis

I'm publishing my mother's book of poetry as a tribute to her life. Would love to promote it on there and donate proceeds to scholarship.

Aray Brown

My poetry is more spoken word

Frank Van Der Meijden
Being up to date

In july I submitted a screenplay for a thriller, titled 'World Order' to a festival with the notification date January 6th 2021. At that moment I wasn't aware that the date ánd the subject would be that up to date...

Karen "Kay" Ross

Does that mean you've been notified?

Frank Van Der Meijden

I'm not sure yet.... fingers crossed.

Translating plays

Hello, I have translated short plays from local playwrights who are friends before with their permission. Now, I am interested in translating full plays from published playwrights. How do I go about that? Please help.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Juliana Acosta! That's a great question - my first thought was go through registered plays, but that seems overwhelmingly tedious. Maybe you could contact theatres, though? And definitely make kn...

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Tanya Hilson
Chicago Newbie

​Hi all, and Happy Holidays to you. I'm a newbie to all of this, and when I say all, I mean ALL (filming/writing industry). I'm an upcoming author, and I've written several books, including two children's books. With that being said, I would like to make a film from one of my works and send it out t...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Tanya Hilson! My name is Kay, I'm the Community Manager here at Stage 32. Nice to meet you and Happy Holidays to you as well! Have you considered starting with a table read? You can host one virt...

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Donna Hoke
Just introducing myself

Hi all! I'm excited to see this new category as many playwrights also write screenplays. I've only just written my first, so while I'm an accomplished playwright, I have a lot to learn about the screenwriting world and would love to hear your advice. I feel like playwrights and screenwriters are rel...

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Donna Hoke

Are there contests for the holidate or holidays genres?

Anthony Moore

Hi Donna. I learned while doing the "Pitchfest" circuit that there's no such thing as a "Holiday" genre. You either have a Romance, Rom-Com, or Drama with romance, that happens DURING the holidays. I...

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Donna Hoke

That's super helpful, Anthony; thank you! But curious how to find the producers who are specifically looking for holiday romance... I feel like made-for-TV Hallmark/Lifetime-type movie is never going to rise above a feature-intended script, you know?

Lynne M Bell

Hi Donna! Welcome to the world of Screenwriting. After years of solely writing and Producing plays. I took a filmmaking production course and fell in love with my scripts in the form of screenplays. S...

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Donna Hoke

Lynne... what started me down this road is that I got a couple of small commissions during the pandemic to write audio plays, and realized what close cousins they are to screenplays--and I enjoyed the...

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Alex Marroquin
How many at once?

To all my fellow authors, I would like to ask how many books and stories do you normally work on at a time? If multiple then how do you juggle your time between all your work?

Matthew Parvin

I try to focus writing one thing at a time. But I may be outlining or researching something else while writing. Personally, it keeps me from feeling trapped or getting bogged down with ONLY one project at a time.

Tristan Hutchinson

I work on one at a time, but my brain is coming up with ideas for three.

David E. Gates

Depends what I'm in the mood for. Or if I give myself a deadline, or competition entry I want to achieve, to complete the work.

Scott Sawitz

2-3 .... with an idea jar for everything else. The idea is I always having something fresh I'm working on with other things about for notes and thoughts from people I trust enough to help guide my writing.

Dan McCrory

I find if I work and focus on one project, I’m more likely to finish that project. Otherwise, my energy is scattered and I accomplish nothing. But that’s me.

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