Authoring & Playwriting

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

Clay Walker
Everyone has a Role

Hi Filmmakers and Authors

It's great connecting with you.

Hopefully you and your family are doing well.

We're currently in development with a High School Mentorship program through the Entertainment Industry.

Do you know any Book Author or Business Owner that willing to place their Product or Book in a film

Preston Poulter

I make comic books. You want one in your movie?

Sam Sokolow

This sounds like a very cool project. Can you share what the film is about or are you asking more broadly?

Lark Anderson

Clay Walker I'd love to, but they're adult romance... What an awesome opportunity though!

Clay Walker

Hello Lark, Sam, Preston please send me an email walkercs2004@yahoo.com Thanks Clay Walker

Clay Walker
Maurice Vaughan
Cinematic Catnip: Crafting A Novel With Visual Appeal

In today’s blog, Lori Wilde (New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author) talks about six key must-haves for the highest visual impact when crafting a novel.

www.stage32.com/blog/cinematic-catnip-crafting-a-novel-with-visual-appea......

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Sam Sokolow

What an amazing read. Lori is inspiring, educational, and completely on point. Thanks for the share, Maurice Vaughan.

Maurice Vaughan

You're welcome, Sam Sokolow. Lori's blog is great for screenwriters and filmmakers too.

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

John Roane

Allow me to make a comment about Scrivener. I have used this program for years. They continue to upgrade and I own the latest edition. It is a complex and quirky program. The creators are obviously br...

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Suzanne Bronson

John Roane I believe your comment is in the wrong place. What post were you commenting on? I can move it to correct one so others, who can help you, can see it.. Otherwise I will need to delete this....

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John Roane

Move it where it needs to go. Thanks. I have had problems with Scrivener, and out of frustration, am now using Word to write my novel. I does the same thing as Scrivener, just in a different way. After years of using it, I am very proficient with it.

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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Terrence Sellers

Leonardo Ramirez I first heard Andy Weir's story of getting The Martian published while taking of tour of Sony Pictures studio lot in Hollywood. I love that story.

Preston Poulter

I encourage you to raise your expectations.

Leonardo Ramirez

Yeah, Terrence Sellers. It’s a great story.

Pamela Jaye Smith

Thanks for that info, Jonathan.

Pamela Jaye Smith

Terrence, appreciate the heads-up on this. Too true about vanity predators.

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

Thanks, Jonathan Jordan. I mainly get clients because I'm active on Stage 32. Thanks again for having this AMA. It's incredibly helpful!

Jonathan Jordan

For anyone who's interested in more info about freelancing rates (ghostwriting, editing, etc.), a good starting point is to check out the EFA rates page. https://www.the-efa.org/rates/ If you're just...

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Leonardo Ramirez

Thanks Jonathan Jordan. Where would I find story development (fiction/consulting)?

Maurice Vaughan

Thanks for sharing the link, Jonathan Jordan.

Geoff Hall

Jonathan Jordan thanks for your answer, Jonathan. I’m so glad your answer won’t lead to any kneecapping, or some such torture. Do you think that your ghostly gigs helped you gain confidence for screen...

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PolyD Flynt
Decisions, decisions - packaging/presentation

I'm working on a novel and I've just been rereading as I edit the close-to-final draft. I think it's lit spec fic, but at this stage it might fit best as YA. I'm a bit worried because I wanted it to be literary and if it's YA that's a (lower?) more pop - less critical, class of writing?

PolyD Flynt

Bill McCormick I love that. I guess it's my packaging mentality, I'm trying to get my stories as finished, the finished ones, into the suits who read them and make the decisions. I know my writer-self...

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PolyD Flynt

or so much that they won't consider it

PolyD Flynt

I'm curious if you ever want to write something that isn't "hyper violent dystopian scifi" and if so how would you go about packaging it?

Bill McCormick

PolyD Flynt my way of dealing with this, and it's not for everyone, was to come up with generic, but intriguing, covers that tied the titles together. Basically, you get the idea of what's inside with...

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PolyD Flynt

yeah that's cool!

Book Trailers to enhance bringing story to film.

Book Trailers to enhance bringing story to film.

I published my memoir No Stone Unturned: A Remarkable Journey to Identity in 2021 and asked a book support group from Ireland called Books Go Social to create a Book Trailer.

Book on Amazon has 108 heartfelt reviews mostly five stars.

https://www.amazo...

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No Stone Unturned: A Remarkable Journey To Identity
No Stone Unturned: A Remarkable Journey To Identity
No Stone Unturned: A Remarkable Journey To Identity [Stone, Nadean] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. No Stone Unturned: A Remarkable Journey To Identity
Leonardo Ramirez
Stage 32's May 2024 Education Schedule!

Hey All - be sure to check out May’s Education Schedule brought to you by our amazing head of community, Ashley Smith!

https://www.stage32.com/blog/stage-32s-may-2024-education-schedule-3710?......

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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! =)

Phil Stubbs

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

John Roane

I have four novels traditionally published and I blow my royalty checks at Starbucks. On the last one, I was short and had to come up with 74 cents. Since I'm in there so often, the barista spotted me...

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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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John Roane

Ashley. This was nice. I am a lover of theoretical analysis. As a medical professional, I go at a story like I'm making a diagnosis, beginning with the microscope and enlarging.my perspective. In reti...

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Lynelle Paulick
NDA for protection during draft reading period?

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

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.

John Roane

I keep all my multiple draft levels. I don't allow anyone, except my wife, to read my first draft. The first pass is awful. At least mine is. My wife agrees. Anne LaMotte calls it the SFD. By the time...

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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?

Frank Van Der Meijden

Thanx for all the feedback!

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.

John Roane

Allow me to make a comment about Scrivener. I have used this program for years. They continue to upgrade and I own the latest edition. It is a complex and quirky program. The creators are obviously br...

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Leonardo Ramirez

John Roane - I can certainly understand the frustration especially after losing a manuscript. Although I've used it for years, I wouldn't push anyone to work with something they're not 100% comfortabl...

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