Hillary DePiano

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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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“What’s stopping people from performing my self-published play without my permission?”

“What’s stopping people from performing my self-published play without my permission?”

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Evergreen, Playwriting | 0 comments

This is post 15 of 16 in the series “Self-Publishing a Stage Play” I covered this already in my Self-Publishing a Stage Play series in another post but this is far and away the most frequently asked question on this series so let’s have another go at it, shall we? “What if someone tries to perform my play without permission?”...

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Do you need an ISBN to submit your play to schools and other opps?

Do you need an ISBN to submit your play to schools and other opps?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting | 0 comments

This is post 14 of 16 in the series “Self-Publishing a Stage Play” Here’s another one from the old mailbag about self-publishing a stage play… I recently read your article about self-publishing and wanted to reach out and ask. I recently saw that several contests for schools require schools to perform one-act plays (under 30 minutes...

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How Building a Consistent Writing Habit Can Chaos Proof Your Writing Life

How Building a Consistent Writing Habit Can Chaos Proof Your Writing Life

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Evergreen, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Despite the fact that life with a new baby is chaos and we’ve got the multipliers of a preschooler and having just moved to monkey wrench the whole dealie, I feel like I’m doing much better than I did after my first daughter was born. Not just from a mental health and personal juggling standpoint, which is leagues better than it was last time...

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Finding beta readers & getting reader feedback on your stage play script with #TAPT & #POFF

Finding beta readers & getting reader feedback on your stage play script with #TAPT & #POFF

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Evergreen, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Playwriting | 0 comments

You’ve written a play and you’d really like another set of eyes on it to make sure it’s working as intended. But while beta readers for fiction works, such as novels and short stories, are fairly easy to come by, most writing forums and critique sites aren’t geared towards playwrights. And if you’ve ever tried to get feedback...

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