Hillary DePiano

playwright, fiction and non-fiction author

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From the mailbag: When does your play need an editor & when should you copyright?

From the mailbag: When does your play need an editor & when should you copyright?

Posted by on Aug 20, 2018 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting | 0 comments

This is post 16 of 16 in the series “Self-Publishing a Stage Play” Hi Hillary, I’m an author and I’ve worked with editors/publishers with my book. I understand that process but as a new playwright, I’m not sure how to go about getting my 3 plays critiqued, edited and proofread. I’m an indie author and self publish but...

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Break into YA writing by starting with the stage before the page

Break into YA writing by starting with the stage before the page

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting | 0 comments

If you’re a YA writer having trouble breaking in, you might be better off getting started with writing YA plays first. I’ve been meaning to write a post about this for ages but then this question came in from the mailbag which gave me the perfect opportunity to discuss it. I came across your website because I am just getting into playwriting,...

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Kanban for writers: organize book releases, revisions & more with project management boards

Kanban for writers: organize book releases, revisions & more with project management boards

Posted by on Aug 6, 2018 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Kanban for Writers My writing life is a many headed beast. I write fiction, non-fiction, freelance articles, stage plays and more under a variety of pen names. I’m always looking for better ways to prioritize and manage all these different project so I’m not running around like the proverbial headless chicken. When I learned about the Kanban...

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Camp NaNoWriMo July 2018 debrief

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2018 debrief

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

I went into Camp NaNoWriMo’s July session with low expectations. My only word count goal was to try to hit 50,000 words as that would make it my highest word count month for this laid back, low goal year and be good practice for NaNoWriMo proper. As for what I was going to write, my focus was to try to write a bunch of blog posts I’d been...

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A Writer’s Guide to Resistance: how to keep writing in a world gone mad

A Writer’s Guide to Resistance: how to keep writing in a world gone mad

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in External Stimuli, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

No, it’s not just you. It is really freaking hard to write right now. The world has gone mad, everything is terrible and all that continuous fear and rage and stress makes it really hard to focus on anything, much less fiction. Creatives, like writers, are particularly hit by this because that same empathy that makes us able to get into the skin of a...

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