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NaNoWriMo and writing when the world is on fire

Posted by on Oct 29, 2018 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

NaNoWriMo and writing when the world is on fire

What a month, huh? Trying to think about writing with current events being what they are feels exactly like this GIF. And, at times like this, it’s hard not to wonder what the point even is? When the world is a screaming vortex of bad and even tomorrow doesn’t feel like a guarantee, you start to wonder why are you doing something as frivolous as writing? On those days when it feels like everyone is ambivalent to your whole existence, how can you make yourself believe they would care about what you have to say? No one will ever...

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NaNoWriMo Advanced Word Count Calculator (charts, percentages, stats and more!)

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018 in Evergreen, My Writing, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 11 comments

NaNoWriMo Advanced Word Count Calculator (charts, percentages, stats and more!)

I know that some of you out there are as obsessive as me when it comes to trying to figure out how far along you are in National Novel Writing Month so I decided to share my personal calculator. It’s simple but powerful. This calculator will work in Open Office, Microsoft Excel or Google Drive, depending on what you use. But it works best in Google Drive since that is what I set it up in (there are also some handy little charts in the Google version the other versions won’t get). It is very simple to use. All you do is type in...

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Forget your novel! How to Prep Your LIFE For NaNoWriMo.

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 0 comments

Forget your novel! How to Prep Your LIFE For NaNoWriMo.

How do you prepare for a big undertaking like NaNoWriMo? You can just stumble into your novel-writing journey headfirst drunk buffalo style and hope it all works out. But you’ll have your best shot at success if you do a little preparation before the month begins. But I’m not talking about your novel itself, though your certainly welcome to prep that if your plotter heart desires. What I’m talking about is the kind of prep work even the most devout pantser can get on board with: preparing your life itself for the epic...

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Turning what I wanted to write into what I needed to write

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018 in The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges | 0 comments

Turning what I wanted to write into what I needed to write

The 2016 election threw us all for a loop that we’re still dealing with. Shortly after the election, I saw a tweet to the effect that you’ll probably be able to tell exactly where writers were in their manuscripts when the election happened and I thought this was interesting because this absolutely happened to me during the writing of The Fourth Orange. Though it’s one of the most recent Tale of Tales plays I released, The Fourth Orange was actually the very first play I started in this whole gigantic project. I didn’t...

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Q3 Summer 2018: Swim all day, write all night!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in Goosed, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, The Myrtle | 0 comments

Q3 Summer 2018: Swim all day, write all night!

I’m kind of torn on tracking my writing goals quarterly. On one hand, grouping them by season makes sense and I like having only four updates to write and post instead of 12 like before. But the downside is that, even though I wrote myself notes, three months is too long for me to remember what the heck I was doing at the start of the quarter so I always end up with an incomplete picture which makes this less useful for me. Is it still useful for you? Feedback would be much appreciated as being transparent about my writing process for...

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The Tale of Tales: the highly customizable, mix and match commedia style fairy tale play OF YOUR DREAMS

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Goosed, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, The Myrtle, The She Bear, Vardiello | 0 comments

The Tale of Tales: the highly customizable, mix and match commedia style fairy tale play OF YOUR DREAMS

What is The Tale of Tales play? Around this time last year, I announced the premiere of a brand new play, The Tale of Tales. Considering I’m in the midst of a many year project of adapting Giambattista Basile’s Tale of Tales collection in a dozen different ways, people were confused as that could be the title of a lot of different things I’ve been working on. What exactly is this play? Well, I’m finally making it available to the public so now’s the best time to see for yourself! The Tale of Tales By Hillary...

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New plays coming soon for perusal and world premieres!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways | 0 comments

New plays coming soon for perusal and world premieres!

While I know a lot of you have already gone back to school, we don’t start until after Labor Day over here so my kids and I are still squeezing every last second out of summer while we have the chance. But I’ve also been burning the midnight oil (sort of literally since my working hours are 11 PM – 1 AM these days) and have a bunch of new stuff to share with you very soon. In the next few days, I’ll be finally making perusal copies available of the long awaited full length Fourth Orange play (as well as revised...

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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

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

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 I’m not sure about self-publishing my 3 plays. I’ve researched publishing houses. Does publishing houses typically do editing services prior to publishing plays if accepted by them? Also, would you submit your scripts to the U.S. Copyright office prior to a...

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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

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

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, in addition to plugging along in writing YA fiction. Right now, I do have a finished one-act play. I have no idea what to do with it other than workshop it with the theatre group I’m in...

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

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 system of project management, I was incredibly excited because I realized it was perfectly adaptable to the writing life (and specifically my genre hopping, over-booked, multi-projects in...

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