Hillary DePiano

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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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How I Wrote The Green Bird (full length stage play adaptation & one act version)

How I Wrote The Green Bird (full length stage play adaptation & one act version)

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges | 0 comments

Novelists have been doing this sort of post for a while, an all-in-one debrief on exactly how they wrote one of their books day by day (here’s one example and another but there are many out there), but it hasn’t caught on yet in the playwriting community. It’s a shame because writers are strangely secretive about their process when...

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Quickie answering some reader questions on my Self-Publishing a Stage Play series

Quickie answering some reader questions on my Self-Publishing a Stage Play series

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Playwriting | 0 comments

This is post 13 of 13 in the series “Self-Publishing a Stage Play” Here’s a super quickie continuing my Self-Publishing a Stage Play series. This is a question I got from a reader and I’m sharing what I replied. Remember, you can read all the other posts in this series by clicking on the series title box just above this line. It...

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A Playwriting Parent Reviews: Action! Writing Your Own Play by Nancy Loewen

A Playwriting Parent Reviews: Action! Writing Your Own Play by Nancy Loewen

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Evergreen, Playwriting | 0 comments

As both a playwright and a parent, it delighted me when my daughter starting integrating playwriting into her games. She’s always telling me about the play she’s writing and every keyboard is an opportunity for her to work on “her script” (which sounds way better than any of mine BTW). While the pretending is adorable, I wondered if...

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Can you give your play a wider retail footprint if it’s already traditionally published?

Can you give your play a wider retail footprint if it’s already traditionally published?

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Evergreen, Playwriting | 0 comments

This is post 12 of 13 in the series “Self-Publishing a Stage Play” Self-publishing a play can be a good idea and I covered a bunch of questions on that over in this big post. But I’ve since gotten some follow up questions to that big post and wanted to make a little series of the answers. One of the things I cover in that big post was the...

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