Authoring & Playwriting

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

Screenplay Scene Feedback

Hi everyone! So I recently found a screenplay contest hosted by TheScriptLab and it is due next week and I wanted your help on making sure these scenes are coherent and fit the story nicely. I will only post a handful of scenes because I am also trying to finish the script but to do that I have to r...

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Morgan Tock

I'm not sure if the link will work for you guys. I'm kind of new to this.

Anne Rainbow
Hello

I'm new here. So, just saying hello and hoping there's someone out there who maybe knows me already, or would like to get to know me. I've only written three short plays and am now working on a longer exploration of the topic of the third one. The short version is based on the poem When I have Fears...

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Cannon Rosenau

Hi, Anne! Those are the best stories. When you can find humor in the darkest moments. Brava!

Margaret Y. Buapim-West

Hi Anne, have you gotten any of your plays produced?

Anne Rainbow

Hi Margaret Y. Buapim-West. Thanks for asking The first two were as a result of playwriting courses hosted at Theatre Royal, Plymouth, UK. Each time the whole class could submit their play at the end...

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Lady Kendal Jaggar

Totally agree try to laugh through the darkness well done best success

Margaret Y. Buapim-West

That's wonderful Anne! Glad to meet you. Best Success to you and I will check out your website.

Alex Marroquin
How to write a story

I am currently working on my second book (my first novella has been published). I actually started it as a screenplay before eventually writing it as a book. However, now I can kind of conflicted on whether I should finish/complete the story as a screenplay or as a book. Should I just write my first...

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Thom Reese

Alex, I've wrestled with that question as well and have no clear answer. I've been a published author for nearly a decade, but am new to screenwriting. I have some story ideas where I'm waffling betwe...

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Lady Kendal Jaggar

Huge congratulations and wish you every success I adore seeing people bring the power of words to a reader

Daisy White

Maybe carry on writing as a book, and afterwards turn it into a script? Congratulations on your success so far! I have huge admiration for people who can do both and what a brilliant way to diversify creatively x

Lady Kendal Jaggar

Well said daisy so empowering

Chris Bournea

Congratulations on publishing your first book. I don’t think it’s either/or, it’s both/and. Just decide which stories work best as narrative fiction and which ones are better served as screenplays. I’...

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Christopher Poet
Where are all my fellow fantasy writers?

Hay guys! I am in a mood to binge through loglines and stuff! I am a huge fan of the fantasy genre so if you got anything you want me to read, drop a comment and I will check your profile out!

Off that topic, tell me something you love about the Fantasy Genre and something you Dislike about it!

He...

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Ingrid Goldberg

I have always believed that fantasy can be the catalyst to moments of definitive truths in the universe. Which universe? Only fantasy can take you there. I'd love a review of my loglines. Love and Strength to All!

Christopher Poet

Evelyn von Warnitz My pleasure! Keep me posted if you update them or add more!

Christopher Poet

Ingrid Goldberg I got you! I will have a look!

Bill Albert

Hello. Have a variation of things you might be interested in. :-)

Ingrid Goldberg

Hi Christopher Poet! Are you okay? Did you forget me? It wouldn't be the first time that I have been forgotten. It definitely won't be the last.

Tennyson Stead
Money for playwrights

Hello, playwrights!

If you're a playwright who needs some help right now, then this grant is still accepting applications. All they need to see is that you're actually working on something - this grant goes to randomly selected winners, rather than being assigned on the basis of merit. Don't worry ab...

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pet project grant - The Bushwick Starr
pet project grant - The Bushwick Starr
We are excited to share that through Jeremy O. Harris' new capsule fashion collection and partnership with SSENSE WORKS, the pet project grant will continue to support playwrights in need! "...the pro…
Eli Jakeman

it's over now.

Tennyson Stead

Correct, Eli Jakeman. Winners will be announced tomorrow!

What I learned from converting a screenplay into a self-published novel

(long post - my apologies)

Hi everyone

I recently turned an old screenplay into a novel: “Mamoribito - The One Who Protects."

Here’s what I did, and what I learned – most of which will be fairly obvious to more experienced writers, but for first-timers like me there might be something useful to disco...

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Kevin A Reynolds

Hi Jeff. I didn't do the registration, going on the on the basis of this comment from the site:

When is my work protected?

Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in...

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Kevin A Reynolds

Hi Jeff. Quick update - did a search and decided to register. Thanks for pointing it out!

David E. Gates

If you're in the UK, you don't need to register your work under copyright. It's copyrighted from the moment it is created, as you detailed. I found proof-reading on a Kindle or via the Kindle Viewer o...

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Jeff E. Gregory

Good to know, Kevin. You can't prove the work is yours, and you cannot prove you own the rights without a registered copyright.

Daisy White

Wow I didn't know that - I don't have anything copyrighted, but someone told me you can just email the ms to yourself and hold it on file instead? Congratulations on the novel - looks great!

Taylor C. Baker
Before "Hamilton" there was "Freestyle Love Supreme"

Raise your hand if you have seen (and LOVED) the iconic Lin-Manuel Miranda musical "Hamilton" (insert hand raise emoji here)

Well, I am JAZZED to share that producer, director, and Stage 32 educator, Andrew Fried, is releasing a documentary 15 years in the making called "We are Freestyle Love Supreme...

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Alex Marroquin
Can you make a novel out of a script?

Based on your experience and talents, would it be possible to turn your screenplay into a book? I hear many writers take this path if their pitches to production companies fail.

Stephen Carter

It was a huge undertaking. But early reviews from beta readers are all extremely positive.

Chris Bournea

You certainly can, but pitching to publishers and literary agents is just as difficult. But it’s cheaper to self publish than make an independent film.

Taylor Waters

I did it with three of my screenplays. I'm presently turning on of the novels into a series bible/pitch deck for streaming. What I did was take each chapter and write it up as a scene - then expand and add in whatever is missing. Long process - but very fun.

Erin Mazzei

I've wondered that as well. I think either way you go, it's about putting in the work and getting the content out there. Keep at it and see the project through! If you believe in it, someone else will too. :)

Richard P. Alvarez

Yes it's possible. I've done it both ways. Book to script - and script to book. Heck, I've even gone short script, to feature, to graphic novel (6 issues).

But as always, it's about being able to eith...

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Ross Burck
Story source public domain or not?

Looking for some advice so will try to keep this short and on point. I’m an aspiring filmmaker who wrote a short script based on a joke I heard years ago as an exercise. I have no idea where the joke originated but have done a lot of googling and found numerous ‘versions’ of this joke online. Was tr...

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Jeff E. Gregory

You may be able to register the written form with the U.S. Copyright Office if you can't find the originator. You should contact the U.S. Copyright Office for advice or have a lawyer determine.

Ross Burck

Thanks Jeff, currently not wanting to incur extra costs. Obviously it may come to something like that so I totally appreciate that suggestion, just hoping there’s an easier, less costly option!

Richard P. Alvarez

A joke is only a few sentences long. Not long enough to 'be' a film. As you mentioned, at best it's going to be a short film.

"A guy walks into a bar, with a duck on his head..."

You mean you want to us...

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Ross Burck

Richard - yes, you're correct, it's not a 'film' but a short film... in fact to be more precise, a short, short film! :) I not only used the premise of the joke, but ultimately the verbiage of the jok...

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Ross Burck

Hey ya'll - I just realized that I posted this question in the wrong thread, I meant to post it under screenwriting so I'm going to repost (with greater detail) in the screenwriting thread. Probably m...

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Alex Marroquin
Books or Scripts?

Hello writers?

Based on your experiences and opinions, is either book writing or scriptwriting more/easier in becoming successful?

Stefano Pavone

Book writing is more flexible, plus it allows you a certain degree of leverage and creative control. Script writing is a stricter discipline and doesn't have much room for sentimentality if you're attached to the story or characters.

Jeff E. Gregory

Book writing.

Richard P. Alvarez

Define 'success'.

Alex Marroquin

Richard P. Alvarez I mean to say which is easier to write, market, and sell

Lenny Levy
FInding opportunities for 10-minute plays

I've been doing this for a while and many of the opportunities are for 10-minute plays. The theater groups compile enough 10-minute plays to put together an evening of live theater (although now options are being found to present the plays on-line). I've had a few 10-minute plays performed but am ho...

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Alex Marroquin
Authors and screenwriters

How many of you are published authors as well as screenwriters? Did you start with one before moving onto another? Maybe doing both? I myself am both. I had a horror novella published last December and just starting to write the 2nd draft of my first full-length script.

I look forward to hearing from you all.

David E. Gates

I've published several books and written a full-length feature screenplay - and a short film screenplay. I've published my feature screenplay on Smashwords and Amazon. I now concentrate on my books. If someone shows enough interest, I could be convinced to turn them into screenplays too.

Daisy White

Respect to all of you doing both - I can just about keep focus on the books ;-)

James Austin McCormick

I started out writing prose (speculative fiction) and have several short stories, novellas and novels professionally published. I got interested in script writing because I started reading scripts of...

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James Austin McCormick

ps, I often work out story by writing it in prose first, feeling it out (writing from the outside in I think is the term)

Brett Hoover

I wrote my first children's book in 2015 and got it published the same year. The next year my second book in the same series was published. Surprisingly enough, I imagined screenwriting to be this myt...

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