Hillary DePiano

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

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

Posted by on Oct 7, 2020 in Evergreen, My Writing, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) | 11 comments

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...

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The Myrtle Virtual Talkback

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

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...

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Goosed! Virtual Talkback

Goosed! Virtual Talkback

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

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...

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The Fourth Orange Virtual Talkback

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

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....

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Should you write by hand? Handwriting pros and cons

Should you write by hand? Handwriting pros and cons

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

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...

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Resolve to Let It Go

Resolve to Let It Go

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

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...

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