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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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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

Camp NaNoWriMo July 2018 debrief

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 meaning to do for a while and then spend the rest of the month writing down random stories from my two decades of selling online, a project I’ve nicknamed my eBay memoirs. And I did manage...

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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

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

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 character or the hearts of our readers makes digesting everything happening right now especially hard. Empathy is a very good thing, especially when it comes to survival and getting along...

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New Hosting!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways | 0 comments

New Hosting!

If you noticed the site being a bit wonky and a lot, um, down the last week, that’s because I finally switched web hosts, a thing I have been meaning to do for over a decade. I had been with GoDaddy in one form or another since 2005 and while there were things I liked about them, there was a growing list of things I didn’t. Add to this that my new host, SiteGround (referral link because I’m happy to recommend them), offered me a bunch of cool extras for a faster site and less money than I was paying GoDaddy so I finally...

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What I’m writing for Camp NaNoWriMo’s 2018 July Session

Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Personally..., The Whine Seller & e-commerce, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

What I’m writing for Camp NaNoWriMo’s 2018 July Session

You know what the problem is with becoming organized and efficient? I really miss being able to write about whatever random thing I felt like it. Sure, I wasn’t getting anything accomplished that way and I wasn’t moving towards my goals effectively in a big picture sense but, man, I felt free! If I wanted to write a random blog post about how my house is being taken over by tiny ants to the point that I FOUND SOME IN THE BABY’S POOPY DIAPER FOR FARK’S SAKE or spend the day obsessively writing the bio for a pen name I...

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Q2 Spring 2018: Planting the seeds for future growth

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Q2 Spring 2018: Planting the seeds for future growth

Spring took its sweet time getting here but when it finally did battle its way past all the snow it was nice… for the few days it was here before giving way to the sweltering hot summer-like temperatures… before it went back to a little chilly and now it’s hot again? Go home, Mother Nature. You’re drunk. But just like Spring is a season of new beginnings and growth and, most of all, change, this was an unusual quarter of writing for me. Let’s just get down to it… March Total Words Written This Month 34,451...

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Q1 2018: Winter Writing Wrap-up

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Q1 2018: Winter Writing Wrap-up

This year, I decided to start doing my writing debriefs quarterly. Partly because I just don’t have time anymore to take the incoherent screeds from my private writing journal and make them pretty enough to post every month, partly because it better reflects the amount of work I’m doing (ie, this year I’m only doing about as much work in three months as I used to do in one). But since my writing year starts in December, that divides the year up nicely by season into Q1 Winter (December, January, February), Q2 Spring (March,...

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