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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Dawn Greenfield Ireland
Author & Screenwriter here...

Hello, my fellow creators. Old lady writer here. While many of my writer friends moan and groan about how busy they are and can't finish a project, I'm here to tell them, and everyone here, that's a bunch of bunk. It all depends on what you want to accomplish.

Back in the days when my sons were littl...

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Pamela Jaye Smith
Nick Assunto - Stage32 Script Services Coordinator
New Play Recs?

Hey! I haven't read a new play in YEARS. Any recommendations of stuff from the past year or two to keep my eye out for?

Jon Pogioli
Keywords

I've been researching and having a play with Amazon keywords and have managed to get in the top #100 for my children's book #BadPaw for a particular category. Whether or not this will bring any kind of revenue is something only time will tell... Do you go back to revise your keywords?

David E. Gates

I don't believe keywords help you get into the top 100. That would be sales and reviews I'd imagine. You could have focused on specific categories - that can make a massive difference to your showing.

Martin Roy Hill

I occasionally play around with keywords to try to get more exposure to readers searching Amazon for books But what David says is correct. You got to the top 100 because you had a number of book sales...

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Daisy White

You can revise keywords and check out categories which are more niche, which results in more exposure for your book, because you are in the top 100 in that category, but to go top 100 overall it is do...

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S.B. Goncarova

yes every week you should look at your keywords and cull the ones that are underperforming or costing you money.

Joey Madia
Thoughts on The Crown and Historical Fiction

Happy Wednesday morning, writers! I just finished watching The Crown Season 3 and think it is the best one yet. Peter Morgan really executed parallel storytelling and reinforcement of prevalent themes. The actors--some of the very best in the business--were given terrific material. Being a writer an...

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Elisabeth Meier

Great, boys, you write what I would love to write too. I'm still searching for "my" historical time. So far I think it would be a good idea to start with what my great great grandpa experienced and if that works for me I will figure out more and go deeper to that era.

Joey Madia

Sounds exactly right, Elisabeth! If you have some time, have a look at that article I recently wrote. It might give you some ideas as well. Happy writing!

Martin Reese

I admire folks who write historical. I've got one that I've shelved. Studying for it was fascinating, but creating the characters and giving them personality is very challenging.

Joey Madia

Martin, if I can offer some advice, people (characters) are people in any story. Once you have all of that research, let them play around in it. Each era has its own particular concerns as far as the...

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Robert Russo

The key to writing good characters is having a great understanding of trauma and how it moulds us. If you can identify a specific trauma for a character from their past then their motivations and fear...

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Ben Hoene
Hello Everyone!

I am a screenwriter and author from Chicago, IL. I've directed a few shoelace budget films in the past (including a feature with a $800 budget), but the more I've been around, the more I realize I want to stick to screenwriting.

I've created my 2nd feature length screenplay, a horror film called 'Ham...

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Pamela Bolinder

Ben, hello! Welcome to Stage 32.

Aray Brown
When You're Fat And Out Of Shape, Creatively..

In the midst of finishing up a web series, I have this gnawing feeling to write the book as well. I opened MS Word and wrote the prologue. 584 words is as far as i got.  Mind you, I haven't written a book in awhile. I spent a great deal of time screenwriting so i know it like the back of my hand. It...

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Book Promotion Ideas?

Hi Everyone, my new book is out and I'd love to get any tips for promotion, especially in the US, so if you have any great ideas please let me know. At the moment I'm pretty focused on Insta and finding influencers to work with but happy to try other things ;-)

John Michael German

She asked people...

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Elisabeth Meier

It would be good to know your target group better and what these people are doing. You can read a part of your book at garden parties in clubs for women, at book fairs or even in shopping malls in you...

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Elisabeth Meier

Oh, one more... what about a reading for your instagram community? Produce a podcast or a video at vimeo, youtube....

John Ellis

Once all the "social distancing" stuff goes away, and if you're novel is a genre (esp. romance, sci-fi, horror or fantasy), look at attending conventions for those genres. Not ComicCons, they're too e...

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Daisy White

Thank you so much for all the great advice guys - I'll go put it into practice! ;-)

Joanna Paxinou
Joanna Paxinou

I need a source for photos of classic movies and actors from the 1930s and '40s that are royalty free and don't infringe on anyone's copyrights. I need them for my online column. I would be very grateful for any suggestions.

Lesa Babb
Writer’s Notebook: The Second Act Jungle of My Lewis And Clark Draft

I’m visual so I tend to post images on my board that spur me on. What’s on your drawing board?

Rayner Guerra
Foreign writer.

Greetings. A question for writers who have been in a situation that needs two writers for a work but writers are in different countries. How to make a contract for the writer who is in a distant place, another country? And that he receives profits from the projection of the film. How to give confide...

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Thoko Zulu

Hello Rayner.

My thoughts are that the contracts for both writers if co-writing and playing equal roles must pay the same, including profit shares.

I have been offered writing gigs from other countries...

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Rayner Guerra

Thanks for your explanation. I appreciate that.

Elisabeth Meier

Rayner Guerra I agree to Thoko Zulu Both writers deserve the same contract. The one who's searching a co-writer obviously needs help. The other one wants to work and get paid and usually wouldn't appl...

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Heidi Schussman
Screenplay Contest

Hey fellow authors, I wanted to share this with you. Screencraft has several contests going, but this one really got my attention. It's a seperate contest for True Stories and Public Domain Adaptations. I entered yesterday, though it wasn't cheap... $119 with feedback, but it's rare to find such a s...

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True Story & Public Domain Screenplay Contest - ScreenCraft
True Story & Public Domain Screenplay Contest - ScreenCraft
This unique ScreenCraft competition was launched after industry producers, executives and managers consistently asked for the same thing: screenplays based on pre-existing intellectual property. True…
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