Hillary DePiano

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May 2017: Come what May

May 2017: Come what May

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Personally..., The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

I was going to make the title of this post a play on May Day and then fell into a Wikipedia hole about May Day, the spring holiday, vs MayDay, the distress signal, and barely escaped so that’s why you got a boring title instead. The fact that it is already June is absolutely mind blowing to me but, anyway, let’s talk numbers… Here’s what...

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Setbacks, missed opportunities and letting it go

Setbacks, missed opportunities and letting it go

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange | 2 comments

I’ve tried to write this post a dozen times already and gotten too annoyed to continue every time. Why? Pull up a chair, I’ll try to explain without rage-quitting this time. You know I strive for complete transparency in my writing process so join me for a journey into my head when I hit a big fat setback.  As regular readers know, I have a...

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

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

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...

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

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

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...

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