Authoring & Playwriting

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

Character Notes for Actors

Just wanted to share something I learnt recently. My audiobook publisher asked for character notes for the actors/narrators and a story arc for them to look at before they auditioned.

Obviously I had my own notes from a writing persepective (it's a series so I have a 3/4 book arc), but I happened to...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Wait... I don't understand... are you saying a "publisher" wanted character arc notes before they listened to your recording? Because that seems really, really bizarre to me.

Daisy White

No, the audio publisher wanted character notes so they could cast the narrator. They already read the book, which was published by another publisher. Sorry, a bit confusing! Maybe I should have said audio producer?

Jeff E. Gregory

I've been told I'm quite the character, but that was some time ago.

D K Mamula
Writing for Muscal Theater

I have an original novel that I self-published in 2015 and I was thinking of writing a script for a stage musical based on the same story. Problem is, I've never written a theater script before so I'm not real sure what the guidelines are, i.e. formatting, stage directions, etc., and I haven't been...

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John Michael German

Dear D K Mamula:

Research, research, research. If you search online you will find various avenues of places that will help you out with what you are looking for, which will include already finished sta...

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James Drago

There are many, many volumes of plays that have been printed. The easiest way to learn is to read and study.

D K Mamula

Thanks for the links, John, I will definitely check them out. :) I am a lyricist and have a collaborator in England who has written songs for musicals, so I'm okay with the songs, dialogue, etc. I'm l...

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Kerry Schafer
Dipping my novelist toes in the screenwriting waters

Hi everybody - I write fantasy & paranormal mystery as myself, and women's fiction under the pen name Kerry Anne King. My 10th novel is releasing in September. I'm playing with the idea of writing a screenplay just to push myself a little and see if I can do it. So, basically, I'm here hanging out a...

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Rose Koscica-Westfall

screen writing is hard mainly because you have to condense everything into a two hour format.

Charles W Gordon III

As Rose says, it’s a tough medium. But I would imagine, you being a seasoned writer, you should be able to adapt. One suggestion may be to try writing a series. There you might be able to get away wit...

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Daisy White

Good luck with it & I’ll check out your books!

Stefano Pavone

Welcome to the club. :)

Heidi Schussman

I've done this. I basically transferred all of the dialogue over to Final Draft, but none of the action. Then I back-filled the action with as few words as possible... not easy for a book writer! A producer once told me to not use adverbs. lol... that helped a little.

Looking to make a Sitcom or Movie happening

Hey Writers,

I will make a Sitcom or Movie purely over Zoom (or whatever Videocallapp allows this).

Since the global pandemic doesn't really allow us to shoot in conventional ways this will be the way to go.

I feel like a Sitcom could go very well with having people joining/leaving the call like th...

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Victoria Kuzmina
Hello / Bonjour / Привет - Mini Intoduction

Hi all!

Taking a moment from NaNoWriMo to look around and introduce myself.

It took me 15 years to silence the self-doubt monster and make writing a priority. I'm currently working on a novel, a TV pilot and a podcast script. Lots of things, yes, but I wasted too much time already, so a wild goose ch...

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Stefano Pavone

Welcome to the club. :)

David C. Velasco

Здравствуйте and добро пожаловать Victoria . Good luck!

Myriam Chaouki
Copyrighting script AND synopsis?

I just completed a motion picture script along with a synopsis that summarizes it. Do I need to copyright both of them or just the script?

Jeff E. Gregory

Do both. Registering a copyright established proof that you own the underlying rights. If they both differ in plot, sub-plots or character names, it could make a difference.

Debbie Croysdale

Copyrighting an idea just as an idea might be a thin line debate as @Jeff pointed out. However a synopsis is a word for exact word “verbatim”. You definitely can protect that.

David E. Gates

You can't copyright ideas.

Tasha Lewis

Welcome. See FAQ Section on Copyright rules and regulations to ensure you cover everything necessary.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Filing the synopsis of course protects the words expressed in the synopsis as well as the script. As others say, ideas cannot be accorded copyright protection. So, filing the synopsis is technically unnecessary but it won't hurt either.

Cindy Brown
Looking for publisher & literary agent

Just self-published my first two books! I am seeking a literary agent & publisher.

Jon Marcus

Michael Larsen and Elizabeth Pomada http://www.larsenpomada.com/

Lacey Cee

Hi there! How did your search go?

William Joseph Hill

Congratulations! I'm about to self-publish my first novel based on my feature screenplay, so I know the feeling. I see that this post is 4 years old -- hopefully you were able to get the agent & publisher, or have found success through self publishing!

Katherine Phillips

Awesome! I'm still drafting my first novel and saving up for an editor. Love hearing about people self-publishing. How are you marketing your books? I'm going to self publish as well and have always been interested in how the marketing part works.

Daisy White

Congrats Cindy - how are you doing?

Stephen Carter
Hi all! Looking for beta readers.

Long time Stage32 member, but new to this lounge. I'm finishing my debut novel, an adaptation of one of my screenplays, and I'm wondering if anyone here does beta reads, or knows a good place to find them. I've had zero luck with Goodreads, and am considering Fiverr, but wondering if any of you have...

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Richard Buzzell

Stephen - If things open up for me in early June, I'm willing to give it a read.

Robin Chappell

Logline sounds good! But unfortunately I don't have the time right now.

David E. Gates

That picture looks familiar.....

Martin Roy Hill

There's a company called Beta Reads that offers beta reading at a cost ($85 and up). I've never used them and to be honest, as a freelance book editor as well as novelist, it sounds more like a manusc...

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Stephen Carter

Thanks, Richard. I'll check back with you. Maybe you could do round two. Thanks, Robin! It's a free template, David. Thanks, Martin! I've since found a few. Good Reads finally produced a couple for me...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
It's Never Too Late for Those Royalties

Especially if you're tapping into royalty - HA! See what I did there...

Okay, but really... how much of a claim could they have after all this time?!

Have y'all had any fights for back-owed royalties? How did it work out?

https://www.indiewire.com/2020/11/star-wars-writer-demands-disney-pay-ro......

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'Star Wars' Author, Sci-Fi Writers' Association Demand Disney Pay Overdue Royalties
'Star Wars' Author, Sci-Fi Writers' Association Demand Disney Pay Overdue Royalties
Alan Dean Foster is the author behind many "Star Wars" and "Alien" novelizations and claims Disney is not paying him. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is demanding Disney pay…
Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Not surprising.

Daisy White

Wow!

Taismucar by Ariadne Gallardo

There is a hidden world in your thoughts, only you know what each one of them means, they are the makers of all your dreams, they have come from far, beyond the mountain that contains the channel, beyond the life that you hear from near.

They are the life of others, the one that nourishes that wate...

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Ariadne Gallardo

Well at this point in the road the novel is over, we'll see what my editor tells me

Karen "Kay" Ross

So good to see you in the Writer's Room! How are you enjoying it?

Karen "Kay" Ross
Generating Ideas for Novel/Playwriting GOALS

Hey, Stage-32-ers!

As you may know, next month is typically known as National Novel Writing Month, but here on Stage 32, we do a "November Write Club" where YOU set a goal for the month and then check in each week with your progress. Keep your eyes out for Jason's blog post launching the event this...

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‎StoryWonk Daily | StoryWonk: StoryWonk Daily 217: Fat Orange Cats on Apple Podcasts
‎StoryWonk Daily | StoryWonk: StoryWonk Daily 217: Fat Orange Cats on Apple Podcasts
‎Today on StoryWonk Daily, we launch ourselves into the first day of NaNoWriMo with enthusiasm and talk of new beginnings. Today's links: Follow @storywonk, @lanidianerich and @paperbullets, and wat…
Daisy White

Oh great - I've got an end of Nov deadline and would love a boost! Still 35,000 words to go ;-) I do 2,000 words a day 5 days a week. and the total for this book will be 75,000 words.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Excellent, Daisy White! Don't forget to comment on the November Write Club Blog Post with your goal so the other participants can keep you accountable! https://www.stage32.com/blog/The-Stage-32-Novemb...

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Daisy White

Just found the blog! 20,000 to go now...

Karen "Kay" Ross

Daisy White LOL! Yeah, it was hard to find the original. Good on you for tracking it down!

Zoey Williams
Introducing myself!

Hello everyone! My name is Zoey and I’d like to introduce myself to the community! I’m very new to the world of film. I use to be in the music industry working for LiveNation. But TV/Film has always been where my heart is. I’m now working on writing my first script. It’s been a joy getting my ideas...

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Tasha Lewis

See Stage 32 Blog, Education, Lounge and Script Services.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Zoey Williams! My name is Kay, I'm the Community Manager here at Stage 32. Nice to meet you! Sorry to have missed this message, BUT I'd love for you to post another introductory message this week...

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