Hillary DePiano

playwright, fiction and non-fiction author

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On plotters & pantsers and why the designation no longer matters by the second draft

On plotters & pantsers and why the designation no longer matters by the second draft

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, WoC | 0 comments

I’ve had a writing epiphany and I think this one is a game changer.  Back in December, I started adapting my plays Polar Twilight and New Year’s Thieve as a MG novel. The first draft came very easily and it was pretty put together and I thought I’d be able to clean it up and shop it by the end of Spring. But as I started cleaning it up,...

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State of the Writer: Mid year progress report

State of the Writer: Mid year progress report

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in eBay Marketing Makeover, My Writing, The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 1 comment

We’re right at the mid-point of 2015 so now seems like as good a time as any for a big State of the Writer post. The halfway point of the year always sneaks up on me. I truly can’t believe that it’s already July! I’m going to bold what each paragraph is about so that skimmers can easily find just the updates they care about.  This...

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Here’s what I’ve been working on lately

Here’s what I’ve been working on lately

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird, The Whine Seller & e-commerce, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

In an effort to be more transparent about exactly what I’m working on and how those word counts I share divide up, here’s a recap of what’s been going on since I last checked in: February was a mad dash to finish my total rewrite of Mistress Novel. I finished it with about a week to spare before the end of March. It’s like a first...

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Updates on Mistress Novel, The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird and my next e-commerce book

Updates on Mistress Novel, The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird and my next e-commerce book

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Mistress Novel, The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

While my mail list got a sneak peek of something coming soon yesterday, it’s far from the only thing in the pipeline. Here’s a quick update on what I’m working on right now: I finished a new play a few weeks ago. My mailing list is getting first crack at it but I’ll have more to share about that with the rest of you soon. Right now,...

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December turned out to be a much better writing month than anticipated

December turned out to be a much better writing month than anticipated

Posted by on Dec 26, 2014 in Mistress Novel, New Year's Thieve, Polar Twilight, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

My plan for this month was simple. I was determined to finish the rewrite of Mistress Novel, getting all the scenes I rewrote together and figuring out what still needed to be written before I started the final polishing of this version. Simple enough, I thought, and just ambitious enough for the crazy month of December. I was making good progress the...

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