Hillary DePiano

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“What’s stopping people from performing my self-published play without my permission?”

“What’s stopping people from performing my self-published play without my permission?”

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Evergreen, Playwriting | 0 comments

This is post 15 of 15 in the series “Self-Publishing a Stage Play” I covered this already in my Self-Publishing a Stage Play series in another post but this is far and away the most frequently asked question on this series so let’s have another go at it, shall we? “What if someone tries to perform my play without permission?”...

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“Help! I have no motivation to complete my book. What should I do?”

“Help! I have no motivation to complete my book. What should I do?”

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

You can always tell when I’m catching up on my inbox when I do a lot of mailbag posts in a row. Relatedly, here’s another one: We met last year during NaNoWriMo (October 2016) in preparation for our arduous month ahead. Thanks for all the great info. I wrote 50K words that month and almost completed my suspense novel. I have perhaps 20 pages to...

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Do you need an ISBN to submit your play to schools and other opps?

Do you need an ISBN to submit your play to schools and other opps?

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

This is post 14 of 15 in the series “Self-Publishing a Stage Play” Here’s another one from the old mailbag about self-publishing a stage play… I recently read your article about self-publishing and wanted to reach out and ask. I recently saw that several contests for schools require schools to perform one-act plays (under 30 minutes...

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Evolution of an idea: The (Completely Inaccurate) Legend of the Mummy Witch House

Evolution of an idea: The (Completely Inaccurate) Legend of the Mummy Witch House

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Evergreen, Mummy Witch House, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

I have a brand new play, The (Completely Inaccurate) Legend of the Mummy Witch House, which has just officially been published by Playscripts. You can read the play for free*, purchase scripts or license productions here. It’s a short, very silly, not-even-remotely-scary wacky horror comedy for middle school and up that I think you’ll enjoy for...

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How Building a Consistent Writing Habit Can Chaos Proof Your Writing Life

How Building a Consistent Writing Habit Can Chaos Proof Your Writing Life

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Despite the fact that life with a new baby is chaos and we’ve got the multipliers of a preschooler and having just moved to monkey wrench the whole dealie, I feel like I’m doing much better than I did after my first daughter was born. Not just from a mental health and personal juggling standpoint, which is leagues better than it was last time...

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

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

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...

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