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Motivational Moments…for Writers! #33

Lillian Hellman

 Lillian Hellman said, ‘If you hope to be any good, nothing you write will ever come out as you first hoped.’     It is true and if you are truly lucky it will happen to you.

For example: In the play script version of Women Outside the Walls, the story ends with Joe dying on a cold prison floor.  And later,  this was where I had planned for the  novel to end too. IF I had not been working closely with a woman who had ‘stood by her man’ for 15 years while he was in prison. Shortly after he was paroled, 

Women Outside the Wallsher son received 13 years for manslaughter.  She had been there, done that… times two!  After SK (the woman outside the real prison walls) read the last pages, she looked up and asked: “What happened to Charlie?  To Alma?”

‘Huh?’ I replied. Did someone actually care about these two antagonists? As it turns out, yes they did. Charlie and Alma, in spite of their wrong doings, their narrow beliefs, and their ignorance were endearing and readers really cared. 

I’ve said it before, be open as a writer. 

 


“Fiction is about everything human and we are made out of dust and if you scorn getting yourself dusty, then you shouldn’t try to write fiction.

It’s not a grand enough job for you.” ~~ Flannery O’Connor 

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” ~~ Pablo Picasso

“Be courageous and try to write in a way that scares you a little.” ~~ Holley Gerth
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How to Write a Novel….the writing Process!

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……is there a wrong way??

NO!  There is no ‘wrong’ process when writing your story….but, as I and other authors (I’ve interviewed here on my blog) have stressed….be certain that you HAVE a process.

1.  Write about what you know.  If you are a beginner…and we all were at one time…write a story about something you know or have had first hand experience with.

2.  If the idea of writing a novel  (75,000+ words)  is way too daunting,  write a short story (3,000 words) or a series of short stories.  Write a novella. (16-25,000 words).   After writing three full length novels, I decided that my mystery series The World of Murder would be short novels.  I didn’t run out of story,  I just believe that there is a market for short novels (24–35,000 words).

3.  If your subject is something that you know nothing or very little about the Internet is a powerful tool.  Let me give you some examples:  My aunt ran away to Alaska in the 1920’s to homestead.  I knew her story but I knew very little about Alaska at the turn of the last century.   more »

Be my Valentine!

be my valentiineLooking for that unique, thoughtful gift for your valentine?

Has your loved one always wanted to write but didn’t know how to begin? Does he/she write in a journal? Write poetry? Write short stories?  These journals include ‘how to’ sections, inspiring quotes from other writers and lots of blank pages for your own creative writing.

This ‘Creative Writer’s Journal is the perfect gift.

Journal for Creative Writers

for HER!

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for HIM!

 

 

The Reviews are in …Creative Writer’s Journal/Handbook

Reviews are in for my series of Journals/Handbooks for men, women, and students who WRITE!

       ‘I just got my copy and my first thought (after I need to start using this) is; What a great gift this would make for anyone who is a writer or who shows an inclination in that direction.

Trisha Sugarek gives you “permission” to scribble down ideas and not have to write the great American novel every time you put pen to paper. In the first couple of pages, she gets you going with examples and encouragement and she makes you realize that while writing is work, it’s not impossible work…in fact, it can even be fun work.

With tips for lots of different writing types and encouragement from writers across time and genres nestled in the margins, this journal encourages you to get those words down on paper.
Sure, you’ll use a computer for the final heads down working sessions to get a finished work done, but for day-to-day fun “I can do this” writing, this journal and handbook is a great motivator.’  ~~D. Johnson

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Attention! All Writers Out There!

There’s a BLOG out there that is dedicated to the art of writing and honing your craft. Yep!  I’m talking about mine and this is a shameless promo.  You won’t be disappointed.

For three years now I have published my posts twice a week and it’s always something about being a better writer.  Once a month I interview best selling authors such as Dean Koontz, Sue Grafton, Jeffery Deaver, Sherryl Woods, Anne Gracie, CW.CoverRaymond Benson, Lee Goldberg, Charles Bukowski and dozens more.   My goal is to inspire other writers to write more, tell their stories, try writing a play, or maybe some poetry.

Sign up on my home page  and receive an email with each day’s post.  Delete it if it doesn’t interest you.  It’s that simple.  Recently I have developed a series of ‘creative writing’ journals with ‘How To’ tips and famous quotes to inspire my fellow writers.  http://www.writeratplay.com/category/a-writers-take/ more »

CREATIVE WRITER’S Journal and Handbook Now Available!

1.Creative.Write.BookCoverImage  Actor, director, playwright, author, Trisha Sugarek has created 305 pages of ‘How To’, Tips, Quotes, and  275 blank, lined pages for your writing.  ‘I have created this journal for writers of all genres.  Taken from my personal experience in the writing process, I hope it kick starts new writers to begin and more experience writers to continue.’

~~This spirited journal is designed to help writers open their hearts and minds. Much more than a journal for your creative writing, this handbook provides the writer with the ‘how to’s’ of writing. Tips, instructions and prompts to help you to hone your writing skill. Each blank, lined page has writing tips and quotes from other famous authors.~~

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A writer is only a writer when he or she is writing. Thinking isn’t writing, research isn’t writing, doing anything other than writing isn’t writing. 

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Available NOW!! ‘The Creative Writer’s Journal & Handbook’

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This spirited journal is designed to help writers open their hearts and minds to their own creative possibilities, while honing their craft. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer, you will find this journal will quickly become your constant companion.

Much more than a journal for your creative writing, this handbook provides the writer with the ‘how to’s’ of writing. Over 275 of blank, lined pages for your creative writing that includes more tips and insightful quotes from famous authors.

What’s Inside:
“How Do I Begin?”
“How to Develop Exciting Characters”
“How to Write Fiction”
“How to Write a Stage Play”
“How to Write Poetry”
“How to Write Haiku Poetry”

You can order this Journal  here in my book store or go to Amazon.com

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The Grande Dame of Historic Fiction was so much More!

romance, historic, fiction, Barbara CartlandYes, the snobs of the literary world might have scoffed at her pink signature Chanel suits, her poofy hats, her Pekinese dogs, and her silly romantic stories.   But, they can’t quite get around her fifty plus years of writing, resulting in over 1,000 million books sold, or the fact that she spent her life  making the world a better place.

Her name was Barbara Cartland.  I know I must have started buying her books somewhere around 1972 because one of her letters to me was dated 1975.  So I have been reading her historic, romantic fiction up until about ten years ago.  Collecting hard covers when I could find them!  I would send them to her and she would autograph them and always, always send a nice note and a little gift back to me.  Most treasured gift was a gold-gilded oak leaf from an oak tree on Barbara’s property.   The “Deer Oak”, which is said to have been planted by Queen Elizabeth the First in 1550, at the spot where she killed her first deer, is on the estate.

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He Always Makes Me Smile…and Think!

famous authors, Charles Bukowski, interviews, best selling authors    More from Charles Bukowski……..His insight is pure truth but who among us would think in quite this way?  Never a glass far from his hand, never a woman far from his arm, never a stubby pencil far from his fingers…the genius wrote and wrote and then wrote some more… and very little of it was false.

 

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whether we like them or not
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How To Write A Play…7 Tips…and more

I Wanna be a Writer

This beautiful and custom book, with some of the best quotes out there, will motivate you to dream big and write exciting stories. 'How To' sections will help you get started...

Creative Writer's
Journal

Custom created Journal for the Creative Writer. 275+ lined blank pages include a famous quote to inspire the writer in you. Several sections of 'How To'.

Custom designed for creative women. Each blank page holds a famous quote from a female writer, director, actor, poet to inspire your writing. Several sections of "How To" will help you with your efforts.

Creative Writing for
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A collection of short plays, written specifically for the young actor in the classroom or drama department. Some are fun and silly; some are more serious, addressing real issues in a teen’s life. The collection is all "G" rated. The educator does not need to worry about any 'adult' surprises in this collection. Perfect for the classroom the plays are approximately 10-15 minutes in length with no sets or costumes.

Bigger, Better! Volume III has been revised, containing all new plays. Written specifically for the young actor in the classroom or drama department. Some are fun and silly; some are more serious, addressing real issues in a teen’s life. The collection is all "G" rated. Perfect for the classroom the plays are approximately 10-15 minutes in length with no sets props or costumes.

The Bullies

Bullying is a nationwide problem in our schools. This one act play tells how one young boy deals with it...

No Means NO!

Teen girls are being pressured from all sides to have sex. Their boyfriends and even their peers. This play explores decision making and how four girls took back their power!

Ethnic groups have polarized and bullied each other for years, out on the street. Recently teens have taken to their cell phones and computers to do the same. Blacks against whites against browns. All good kids at their core, but divided by the color of their skin.

Jessica and Alan have dated all through high school. Even though Alan gives Jessica no cause to suspect him, she is obsessed with him and is very jealous. Alan tries everything to reassure her and finally he is forced to break up with Jessica. The consequences are disastrous. 3f. 1m.

You're Fat, You're Ugly & You Dress Weird

Bullying is precipitated by something as simple as how someone dresses, or if they have braces or glasses. And it can be relentless....

Mean Girls

She's the new girl at the school. Instead of being welcomed, she is talked about, snickered at, and ostracized. Until the mean girls find out how cool she is...

The Trans-G Kid

Trapped in the wrong body, this brave young boy makes some changes...

Cyber-Hate

A digital weapon used by our teens. Cyber bullying is out of control and can drive its victims to horrific acts...

Just for fun! Mr. Winston Churchill, one of the greatest leaders of the free world, invites us into his library while he paints and talks to his cat, Admiral Nelson. The cat tells the audience about his life with the Prime Minister and his opinion of humans and their love for war. 1m. 1cat.

The Last Text

Teenagers are multi-tasking. Texting while driving. This story brings home the fatal consequences...

Love Never Leaves
Bruises

Domestic violence only happens between adults, right? Teen dating violence is a common event and the best kept secret.

The Run-Away

Teens running away is epidemic in our country. Tens of thousands of kids are missing today, mostly runaways. It's dangerous and sometimes deadly...

A look into the world of the parents who are trying to do the right thing…support their child….love their child…sometimes even save their life. Their child is confused and frightened by their physical being telling them they are one gender while their heart, soul and mind are telling them that they are another.

This short play's setting is a support group for parents. Resigned, angry, confused, religious, experienced and lost, they come together out of a common desperation. Some handling the situation much better than others.

The expectations from parents, teachers, coaches, and peers are tremendous! Add in a young man who has known for years that he is gay. Will his parents support his choices? Will his ex-marine father, living the football dream through his son, understand and accept him when he chooses dance over sports?
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35 Tips on Creative Writing. A collection of writing tips that this author has learned over the years while honing her craft.

How To Write Creatively

Cheets is looking for an adventure! The elf had heard about 'town'. Emma and her mother went all the time but no one from the fabled forest had been there. Cheets was certain it was a magical place and he decided that he must head for troublesville. He stows away in the car one day and finds himself in busy, noisy streets all alone. He begins his adventure by befriending two cats who live in a house with two humans. Then because of his obsession with carrots, he is captured in a trap.

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Hollywood, actors, friendship, stage play, film, success,Ideas have come to me in the visiting area of a state prison, a haunted lighthouse, my days in Hollywood, or listening to  stories of my mother, growing up with 13 siblings ….. the ideas come to me in a little kernel of truth and I am inspired to write.

I am frequently asked ‘how can you be so prolific?’,  ‘how do you write so many plays?’ ‘where do you get your ideas?’

So I thought what a perfect time to give my readers seven tips about writing their first stage play.  After all, 45 play scripts ago and seventeen years earlier I began writing my first script.  And that led me to create the Creative Writers’Journals and Handbooks which includes ‘how to write a play’ and ‘how to create exciting characters.’ I went on to create a book of writing tips. 

        SEVEN TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED  … and more 

1.  Format is very important.    If you submit your new play to anyone they will not read it if it is not in the proper format. There is software out there that offer auto-format but I found them lacking.   Sample.playwrite.format
Notice character name is in CAPS and centered. Blocking (action) is indented and placed in parentheses. Setting, Rise and Dialogue are justified left. Single space between character’s name and first line of dialogue.  If one word it is placed next to character’s name in parentheses.  A ‘beat’ is a dramatic pause to enhance the pace of the speech and is placed in the dialogue where you wish the actor to pause for a beat or two. Or buy a play script from a publisher. Samuel French is the best.

2. Each page represents approximately one minute of time on stage.  So if you have a play that is 200 pages long, that won’t work.  Audiences aren’t going to sit for more than one and a half hours unless you are providing a circus, a fire drill, sex, and an earthquake.  Audiences are even reluctant to sit through “The Iceman Cometh” a classic by Eugene O’Neill.  It runs close to 3 hours.You should keep your full length script to about 100 pages which equals 1.6 hours of stage time.  For a one act divide that by 2.  For a ten minute play your script should be from 10-15 pages.

3.  Leave lots of white space on the page.  One day when your play is being produced, actors will need a place to make notes in the script during rehearsal.  This is a sample of an actor’s (mine) working script. The  how to write a play, Trisha Sugaek, inspiration,    actor usually ‘highlights’ their lines and writes the director’s blocking in the margins. (in pencil, as blocking frequently changes)

4.  The blocking is indented. This is where the playwright gives the characters instructions on when and where to move.  But, keep it short and sweet.  Remember there will be a director who has their own ideas of where he/she wants their actors to be.  Be aware of costume changes in your writing.  An actor can’t exit stage left and enter stage right, seconds later, if you haven’t written in the time it will take to give them the time to accomplish a costume change.

5.  Your script has to work on a stage If your story takes place in more than one locale, you have to be aware of the logistics of set changes. So keep it simple to start.  If you are ambitious in your setting buy a book on set design to research if your set is feasible.  There are some wonderful ‘envelope’ sets that unfold when you need to change the scene.  But you have to consider the budget; would a theatre have the money to build it? Always a worry.

6.  Dialogue: Now here’s the, sometimes, hard part:  everything you want the audience to know, about the story and the characters, is conveyed in the dialogue.  Unlike a short story or a novel, where you can write as much description as you’d like, a play script has none of that.  NO description.  Here is a Sample.Dialogue.Sugarek of dialogue demonstrating how to move the story forward.

7. How To Know When to Change Scenes. When there is a date/time or character/scene change is a good guide. But be careful, if the time/day changes and there is a costume change needed, always remember the audience isn’t a patient creature and they will not sit and wait for very long.  A director can and will set up an area backstage for those quick changes and often the costume mistress will be there to help with shoes, zippers, etc. To save time, you should write the actor entering from the same side as they exited (when possible) to save the time it would take for them to hurry to the other side of the stage.

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Instruction on:
CW.Cover.ScanHow To Begin 
How to Choose the Subject of your Play
Formatting your Play on the Page
How to write Dialogue
How to Create Rich, Exciting Characters
Story Arc
Stage Terminology
Sending out Your Script

  ‘How To’  Journals and Handbooks for all of your Creative Writing, including how to write a stage Play! 
275 blank, lined pages for your writing.  Tips and famous quotes from authors, playwrights, directors, actors, writers and poets to help inspire you. 

WANT TO LEARN MORE?? … These new Journals/Handbooks offer a total of 14 points of ‘how to’. Available on Amazon.com    B&N, and all fine book stores.

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How To Format a Screenplay
How to Format Your Novel
How to Format a Stage Play

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This new, exciting, instructional book is a sharing of over twenty+ years of experience. This writer has honed  her craft of creative writing and ‘is still learning.’ 

Thirty-five writing tips that include:
That first, all important, sentence
How to develop rich characters
Writer’s Block
Procrastination
Writing process
What Not to Do (when receiving a critique)

 Takes the ‘scary’ out of writing!
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