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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Stephen Near
Stage to Book Adaptation

Hello all. This is my first time here and I have a question about (reverse) adaptation. I'm wondering if any playwrights have ever taken the opposite route and adapted a play they've written into a full length novel? Odd question, I know. What sort of process in terms of outlining and story structur...

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Jeff E. Gregory

Hi, Stephen. You should you register all copyrights first before you proceed. Once that's done, you're in good shape. You should also consider securing an agent.

Michael Steven Gregory

Only yesterday I added this recently completed We, The Writer video to my profile page. Among the subjects covered is author Nathan Makaryk on adapting one of his plays into the breakout novel Notting...

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Michael Steven Gregory

Apparently, Stage 32 doesn't link straight to internal video. Here it is on YT: https://youtu.be/3w_9kCp0L4k

Daisy White

Thanks Michael - that's super interesting!

Chris Harold Stevenson
Books to Movies Authors

Hi, folks. Just looking to chat up any authors who are pursuing book-to-movie processes. I'm getting my toes wet. Anybody else out there with the same game plan? I'm multi-published with an agent and manager. I'm also a writer advocate and teacher of sorts. -- Chris

Daisy White

That's great Alex - congratulations!

Marcella Steele

Congrats Alex! I would love to pick your brain and learn. Does anyone know of a good coach/professional service to evaluate my treatment? I'm writing a treatment of my novel and need to get it right b...

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Daisy White

I think if a book is optioned whoever options would do this themselves? One of my books just got a request for more material from a scout (it checks out), and they just wanted the ms. Another one is w...

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Martin Roy Hill

I think as a novelist it would difficult for me to produce a screenplay treatment let alone an actually screenplay. I'm too rooted in thinking in words, being in love with the written word. It seems t...

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Ian Robinson

Hi Chris Good to read you. I'm an author who's written two books. I have the same plan.

Isabeau Vollhardt
I can't write without music...can you?

So I'm working on TheCasebookOfElishaGrey vol IX (what???? I so did not plan that, but the characters did) and when I write, I'm under the headphones. I've got a whole basket of playlists on my youtube channel Cinnabarswan1 and this is what i just listened to while getting to this page. https://www....

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Stefano Pavone

Me too - progressive rock (Genesis, Led Zeppelin, and even Queen) are my go-to artists. :)

Debbie Croysdale

I'm with RB on this one, I absolutely have to have no background noise unless I'm writing for fun and then can write anywhere. I envy people who can do serious writing with music or any other noise. P...

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Richard P. Alvarez

I have different playlists for each genre. All instrumental. Except for the Christmas Carols while I was writing my Family Holiday script. Good noise cancelling Bose head phones a must!

Isabeau Vollhardt

Dimary, Stefano, and Richard -- what really gets me is that when i choose a playlist (i've got a bunch of them) they influence the mood of my characters and how they interact with one another. I have...

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Stefano Pavone

I know exactly what you mean, Isabel - only too well. :)

Anna Rose
Audiobooks

Because of some previous issues, I'm at the point where I am seriously considering narrating my own books.

Has anyone else done that with their work? I'm just trying to avoid the nightmare that resulted from the first narration I had done for a novel when I used a hired narrator.

Any and all input is appreciated. Thanks!

David E. Gates

Because I did the narration myself, on Access Denied, every audio book I sell via Audible, iTunes, etc., gives me a royalty. Because there was no cost in production, I was in profit from the first sale.

Martin Roy Hill

I have two audio books for my Peter Brandt mystery thrillers, with a third in the series to be completed later this year, and two more audio books in the final process of completing. Four of the books...

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Shawn Speake

You should absolutely do it yourself

Shawn Speake

but if you do need a voice... https://youtu.be/GIcxjPWYcqI

Augusto Federico Amador
New play announcement

Excited to share the announcement of the staged performance of my play, FRESNO, at the Signature Theater in NYC as part of theDowntown Urban Arts Festival.

https://www.duafnyc.com/theater

THEATER | duafnyc
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Set in 1970s Jersey City, Tiers follows the friendship of four young black men: Angelo, Earl, 'Heads' and 'Ice.' What starts out as a simple night of cards, drinks and jokes among close friends, quickly turns.
Augusto Federico Amador

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Daisy White

Brilliant!

S.B. Goncarova

Congrats Augusto! Keep us posted!

Mehul Shah
How to Pitch & Circulate a TV Pilot script?

The American Dream is a Lie. We are the ones who make the USA strong. We, the undocumented people."

Hi all. I'm working on a TV episodic pilot about Immigration in America, and was wondering if any of you had suggestions on how to get your pilot script to the right channels to be considered.

I'm also...

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Jason Mirch

Hey Mehul, great to have you as part of the community! Have you considered pitching your projects through our Script Services Pitch Sessions? We have a number of producers, studio executives, and lite...

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Mehul Shah

This is great info, thank you!

Alex Owumi

Hey Mehul, happy you are starting this project. I specialize in thriller/suspense type shows. If you need help shoot me a message. Good luck with everything.

Lynelle Paulick
Table Reads

Hey everyone! I am very interested in being part of any table reads that are happening through Stage 32. Having taken roles in table reads in Los Angeles, I can say I do know how to do that ;). Can anyone tell me with whom to be in best contact to get on a "listing" of actors interested in and available for this? Thanks and all be well!!!

Jalleh Doty
Why is it problem to adapt some books to a script?

Hi, I recently wrote and published a book called The Last Savior. I have encountered a problem that I am not sure If I am doing a good job of converting it too a script. In the past I have adapted short stories into scripts with no problem. How do you guys go about encountering problems in adapting a full length story into a script?

WL Wright

I did that on one of my most loved novels and I hated cutting things out which is a must if it's a novel length book. But I think I captured the core of the story and that is the goal. It's like the S...

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Eon C. Rambally

This is an excellent question, excellent subject, will like to hear more in discussion!

Daisy White

Wow go you!

S.B. Goncarova

I think one issue that comes up in book-to script adaptations often is that internal dialogue doesn't always translate well to film because it's not visual. Another issue that occurs often is that the...

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Joey Madia
Project being considered by Sony and Viacom

GOOD NEWS UPDATE: FEBRUARY 28. Thank you for the interest and congratulations everyone! Got off the phone with my client just now and things are proceeding very well. Interest is high and more material has been requested by one of the companies and higher-level agents are becoming involved in the ta...

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Dominique LaFleur

This is lovely. Thank you!

Christian Weiser

that is awesome!!!!!!!

Joey Madia

Dominique and Christian: Thank you both! So much better when you can share these experiences together to lift all of us up!

Daisy White

Congratulations!

Joey Madia

Thank you, Daisy!

Nick Paratore
As a writer nearly finished with a epic scale story...we have to keep going with what we love

While writing, fundraising and storyboarding for whatever means the most to us, hold on tight for the ride of your life

Marjolein Smit

Well put. Hear hear!

S.B. Goncarova

These are beautiful, Nick!

Lauren Bartling
Bored in quarentine?

Hello! I am an 18 year old filmmaker and I just finished the first draft of my very first feature! If anyone would like to read my script and give feedback I would be eternally grateful! Email me at lrbartling@gmail.com

A musical titled, "A COLORFUL TALE"

Hello, creative members of this great community, I hope everyone is staying healthy at home and being creative. Among all my writings I have also written a musical and I'd like to find and connect with some creative people who have a love for musicals, movies, and of course music, to collaborate wit...

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