Rufus Cadigan mentioned checking around for places to have plays produced. Some less obvious venues were clubs and church groups. He also talked about offering to write historical plays for institutions, such as local history museums, but that could also include community’s celebrating significant anniversaries. Then, there are contests. Here’s a source for a few.
Play Submissions Information: 7 Playwriting Contests and Submissions Websites Every Playwright Should Know.
On Saturday, I had a chance to learn some tips from Illinois playwright Rufus Cadigan.The mini workshop reminded me how much I like to write plays. It’s fun to tell a story using only dialogue. If you think you need to work on dialogue, try writing a scene or … more. Here are some playwriting basics.
Playwriting 101: How to Write a Play.
This is a longish read of reflections of and tips from Saul Bellow. There’s always something to learn from a master such as Bellow.
Happy 100th Birthday, Saul Bellow: His Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech on How Literature and Art Ennoble the Human Spirit | Brain Pickings.
Lawrence Block has been traditionally published for many years. But he has also done some indie books. Here are some of his reasons for his choices.
Why author Lawrence Block went indie – BookWorks.
Yesterday I mentioned that some awards aren’t worth winning, but these are. The Nebulas are among the top honors for science fiction and fantasy. The winners were announced last weekend in Chicago.
Nebula Award Winners Announced – SFWA.
At work, we just got the annual contest entry invitation from one of the journalism associations to which we belong. The first professional award I ever earned came from this group. While awards are nice, some are nicer than others. This post warns you about “awards profiteers.” One warning is about costs, but even the Pulitzer has entry fees. (This year’s book prize is still open.) Here are some other considerations.
Writer Beware®: The Blog: Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them
If you need some quick inspiration, consider these tips from pros.
Writing Tips from 7 Acclaimed Authors | Britannica.com
Here are some suggestions for handling a “cast of thousands.” Don’t introduce them all at once is the first piece of advice. This article doesn’t get into it, but you should probably consider whether you need them all, too.There’s a link to a previous post addressing that question inside “5 Tips.”
5 Tips For Writing Large Casts of Characters – The Storymonger.
Here’s an interesting article about short stories that provides insight about more than just the influence of Canadian writers on a North American magazine.
How Canadian Writers Changed The New Yorker | National Post.
If there are only a few basic plots to work from, retelling old stories would seem inevitable. Here’s an interesting discussion about the pros and cons of borrowing not just plots, but whole stories, cast and all.
Mythcreants » Five Rules for Retelling Old Stories.