A new series for the beginner writer from author and playwright Hillary DePiano!

Building a Writing Life

Do you want to write but have no idea where to begin? Building a Writing Life is the beginner writer’s guide you’ve been looking for! More…

Make Ready to Write

Whether you’re a planner or a pansters at heart, Make Ready to Write has hundreds of little things you can do in just a few minutes a day that will give you your best chance of winning the battle against your first draft. 

Coming Soon!

NaNo What Now?

You finished a book… now what? A beginners guide to finding your editing process, revising your book and building a writing career through publication and beyond. More…

The Myrtle Virtual Talkback

Posted by on Apr 24, 2020 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Myrtle | 0 comments

The Myrtle Virtual Talkback

It’s actually a complete coincidence that The Myrtle, my romantic comedy about a tree that comes to life, is coming out on Arbor Day but it’s too perfect so I’m certainly not mad about it! Check it out today in eBook and Paperback wherever such things are sold! The Myrtle is one of the first tales in The Tale of Tales collection and it was the first one that I read and just knew I absolutely had to adapt into a play. In a lot of ways, it really was the start of the whole project and I wouldn’t have written any of the...

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Goosed! Virtual Talkback

Posted by on Apr 17, 2020 in Evergreen, Goosed, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Playwriting | 0 comments

Goosed! Virtual Talkback

Whenever I adapt something, people always ask me what it was that I loved about the original that made me adapt it and, 9 times out of 10, I don’t adapt something because I love it but rather because I absolutely hate it and want to fix it. But this was not the case with Goosed!. Photo by Scot Wittman, Rutgers Preparatory School. When I first read The Goose, the fairy tale that Goosed! is adapted from, I absolutely loved it! I loved its complete randomness, its completely disgusting set-up, and the weird sort of heart that lay...

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The Fourth Orange Virtual Talkback

Posted by on Apr 10, 2020 in Evergreen, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges | 0 comments

The Fourth Orange Virtual Talkback

It’s a good Friday! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!) Why? Because The Fourth Orange (one act edition) is officially available in paperback and eBook today just about everywhere books are sold. It’s a funny family friendly one act fairy tale with majority female roles and a large ensemble cast so you can get absolutely everyone involved. It’s great for schools, theatre festivals and drama competitions and I can’t wait for you to check it out! To celebrate the release of this play, I want to share some fun behind...

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Virtual Scripts, Live Streaming and other Distance Theatre options

Posted by on Apr 5, 2020 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Published | 0 comments

Virtual Scripts, Live Streaming and other Distance Theatre options

So with the theatre industry largely imploding and productions being canceled right and left. It’s incredibly disappointing for all performers and everyone else who works behind the scenes to get a show up. My heart breaks for everyone who was so excited to put on a show and now can’t. As a playwright, I’m just sitting here watching productions being cancelled and feeling pretty helpless. In fact, feeling pretty helpless really sums up this whole weird experience. But I ultimately realized there is at least one thing I could...

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On Writing & COVID (& Camp NaNoWriMo)

Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On Writing & COVID (& Camp NaNoWriMo)

About a week ago, you couldn’t go online without someone reminding you that Shakespeare wrote King Lear during quarantine so you have no excuse not to write that novel now! And then somehow we’ve gone full circle from that to people saying that if you ARE being productive and writing right now, you’re a soulless ghoul without empathy for everyone who is suffering. And, wild as a theory as it may be, I feel perhaps there is some middle ground between those two extremes? Maybe writing is hard right now because you’re...

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Status update (and a Kindle Countdown deal)

Posted by on Mar 16, 2020 in Announcements, News, Contests and Giveaways, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), Personally... | 0 comments

Status update (and a Kindle Countdown deal)

So, um, how’s everyone holding up out there? Very… interesting times we’re living in, no? Anyone else just, like, completely cracked out on fear and uncertainty right now? My oldest is still in school but they switch to “online learning” (and who the heck knows how THAT’s going to work but it sounds a lot like I just became a home school parent for the foreseeable future) and my husband will start working from home on Tuesday and only go into work as needed. I am the most worried about my parents who are as...

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Should you write by hand? Handwriting pros and cons

Posted by on Feb 29, 2020 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

Should you write by hand? Handwriting pros and cons

Writing by hand There’s something about taking a favorite pen and a pretty notebook and just letting the words pour out. It’s an almost magical process where ideas can flow directly through your hand through the satisfying physical sensation of ink on paper. Or so I’ve been told since my joints are so bad I can’t handwrite for more than a few minutes before my fingers cramp up in pain. Writing by hand is not for everyone. But if it’s what works for you, don’t let our gizmo-loving world discourage you from...

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Resolve to Let It Go

Posted by on Feb 20, 2020 in Evergreen, Mistress Novel, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Personally... | 0 comments

Resolve to Let It Go

Happy new years, friends! Is it just me or has this year simultaneously been flying by and also felt it’s already been at least five years long? Have you managed to wrap your head around the whole 2020 thing yet? I still can’t write it without feeling like I should replicate myself some earl grey and hop into my flying car. That somehow what my brain has always pictured as the future is the present is beyond the capacity of my imagination. Speaking of imagination, I’m going to need you to use yours and pretend I posted this in January....

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5 Tips to Get Into a Writing Habit in 2020

Posted by on Feb 17, 2020 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration | 0 comments

5 Tips to Get Into a Writing Habit in 2020

Everything has been a bit bananas over here (Why must kids get sick so often? Why???) and I’m a bit behind on the blog. While I try to get my feet back under me, I’m turning the blog over to Reedsy’s Thao Nguyen today for a great guest post on starting a writing habit (an essential part of Building a Writing Life). -Hillary Every January, you tell yourself: “This is it! This will be my year.” You’re going to write that book and get it published. You plan, set deadlines, and the first couple of weeks probably go wonderfully....

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Decade in Review or why lists are your best friend

Posted by on Dec 29, 2019 in My Writing, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Personally..., Playwriting, The Whine Seller & e-commerce, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Decade in Review or why lists are your best friend

In a few days, we’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve 2019 which marks not just the end of the year but also the decade. Social media has been abuzz for weeks with the twin takes of “Make a list of what you accomplished in the last 10 years!” and “Listing your accomplishments is Bad, Actually, and will make you feel terrible so just be happy you’re alive.” And, on one hand, I can see how looking at a list of what someone else accomplished in the last ten years can make you feel terrible which is why I...

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