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Finding beta readers & getting reader feedback on your stage play script with #TAPT & #POFF

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting | 0 comments

Finding beta readers & getting reader feedback on your stage play script with #TAPT & #POFF

You’ve written a play and you’d really like another set of eyes on it to make sure it’s working as intended. But while beta readers for fiction works, such as novels and short stories, are fairly easy to come by, most writing forums and critique sites aren’t geared towards playwrights. And if you’ve ever tried to get feedback on a script from someone who has no theatre or stage experience, you know that makes a big difference in how valuable the feedback you get is. (A non-playwright writer friend once read a...

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Expectations vs Reality when it comes to writing, publishing and beyond

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Expectations vs Reality when it comes to writing, publishing and beyond

One of the first days after my husband’s parental leave ended, my parents offered to come over my house in the morning and watch both kids for me for a couple of hours so that I could have some time to myself. I was very excited. Sure, I’d have to still nurse the baby but I’d at least get some time to do whatever I wanted. I dreamed of getting a big chunk of time to actually concentrate on a writing project with my full attention, something I haven’t been able to do in ages. My expectations were sky high. But, when the...

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March 2017: Marching forward bit by bit

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

March 2017: Marching forward bit by bit

Here’s what March 2017 looked like in writing… Total Words Written This Month 50,869 words Average Words Per Day 1,641 words Monthly Goal I didn’t set a goal since this was my first full month with the new baby and setting a goal seemed idiotic. Yearly Goal 183,609/200,000 words (92%) Things completed: Nothing. Nada. Zip. And I’m fine with that. Other Works Actively in Progress this Month: 4th Orange my adaptation of Pintosmalto  both personal and writing journaling Overall I wasn’t sure what to expect from March, writing...

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New customizations make Camp NaNoWriMo the most flexible month long writing challenge ever!

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

New customizations make Camp NaNoWriMo the most flexible month long writing challenge ever!

Maybe you’ve heard of Camp NaNoWriMo (the smaller, spunky sister event to the big November writing extravaganza) and were underwhelmed by the idea. Or maybe you’ve been meaning to try it out for years but something always seems to come up. Either way, with a host of really cool new features letting you customize your Camp NaNoWriMo experience like never before, now is absolutely the time to give the challenge a second (or first) try!  What is Camp NaNoWriMo? A sister event to the big National Novel Writing Month held every...

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Writing by hand the new fashioned way: stylus, touchscreen, and thou

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Writing by hand the new fashioned way: stylus, touchscreen, and thou

Because of the newborn baby in my life, I’ve been looking for unconventional ways to get work done when I’m one-handed because I’m nursing, holding the baby or whatever. One of these experiments is the return of voice-to-text dictation which long time readers will remember as the way I got through all the horrible joint problems of a few years ago when I couldn’t type. But while dictation is great, I don’t always have my microphone or normal computer handy and sometimes the baby is too noisy or active for me to...

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February 2017: Breakdowns, Boxes and a Baby

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in External Stimuli, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 1 comment

February 2017: Breakdowns, Boxes and a Baby

I haven’t talked about this online for a variety of reasons but you should know that all this time I’ve been blogging about this insanely stressful series of months I’ve been having, there’s been an additional complication on top of everything else making it all that much harder. Namely, that while I was packing up our house of 11 years, trying to buy a new house that kept falling through and coming together again, getting no sleep while battling toddler moving angst, taking action and dealing with the horror of...

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Coming Soon: The (Completely Inaccurate) Legend of the Mummy Witch House

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Mummy Witch House | 0 comments

Coming Soon: The (Completely Inaccurate) Legend of the Mummy Witch House

The best scary stories are the ones that are at least partly true… (This isn’t one of those stories.) Coming Spring 2017 I’ve got a brand new short comedy to share with you this spring in a super spooky collection from one of your favorite play publishers. Wacky and weird, it’s a fast paced adventure with the obscure horrors we’ve lost to history and a ton of silly fun for middle schools and up. As you’d expect from a play by me, there’s also plenty of room for improvisation, physical comedy and magic...

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January 2017: Moving Right Along

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Mummy Witch House, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

January 2017: Moving Right Along

Welcome to another exciting update in which stuff is going on! Apparently we just blew through a whole month without my noticing which would worry me more if I wasn’t knee deep in the hoopla as those kids from Starship say (and by kids, I mean, probably senior citizens by now). But as the month is really and truly over now, it’s time once again to look at the past month of Hillary Writes All The Things and see how the words went. Here’s what January 2017 looked like in writing… Total Words Written This Month 55,216 words Average...

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December 2016: Tale of Tales / 4th Orange status report & update on personal chaos

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

December 2016: Tale of Tales / 4th Orange status report & update on personal chaos

This is the latest I’ve ever posted one of these monthly updates because life is still a hurricane here in Duckburg but I wanted to pop out of the duck blur for a minute and give you my numbers for December.  Here’s what December 2016 looked like in writing… Total Words Written This Month 43,268 words Average Words Per Day 1,396 words Monthly Goal I did not set a goal for this month. Between holiday rush and everything else going on, I wanted as much pressure off my life as possible. Yearly Goal 43,268/200,000 words (22%) <-keep in...

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Want to do your own monthly writing recaps in 2017? Free graphics for you to use!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Want to do your own monthly writing recaps in 2017? Free graphics for you to use!

Regular readers know I do a monthly debrief of how my writing is going and have found it incredibly helpful in auditing my writing work and keeping me on track. I also make a silly little graphic for each month to serve as a title image for easy sharing on social media and beyond. This year, I made all of my monthly graphics using the free site PhotoFunia. While you’re welcome to head over there and customize your own, I’m also including the full set that I made here to save you time. You’re welcome to use them on your own...

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