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ok, i am only 16, but i am attempting to right a play/ musical. and this is sort of strange for me because, as you can probabl ytell from my style of wrighting in this letter, i hate to write! but i had this idea to write a musical, so i am. im not sure how long it will be, or how many scenes it will be. i have no clue about all that stuff. i am just writeing what i feel. and i dont know what to do when im finished. how doi coptwrite it and try and get it produced. are there any rules to how it should be written? i m rally into doing this and i hope my age did not make you think any less of me. and i dont think my musical is that good and im not finishedi am hoping this is in your expertise, and i was really hoping that you could read what i have so far, if not i completely understand, i just need a critic

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Congratulations for undertaking your new endeavor. Please remember, though, that the first time you climbed on a bicycle, you did not win the Tour de France. You probably didnít make it to the end of the driveway without wobbling or falling. The more you rode your bike, though, the steadier and more confident you became. Writing, just like bike riding, takes practice, knowledge, and experience, before you can see success. You will need to learn some basics, if you have hopes of finishing your musical and getting it produced. Plays and musical productions have guidelines you must learn and follow before you can attract the attention of a producer.

Please read books on playwriting, attend classes, join a critique circle, go to writers conferences, and arm yourself with the skills, information, and background necessary to refine your first play/musical into something worthy of production.

Please understand that I critique and edit books for a living, so I cannot critique your draft for free, but do find other people interested in writing plays who will give you free feedback, because feedback is essential to success, and I do wish you much success.  

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Book Doctor Bobbie Christmas owns Zebra Communications, a book-editing firm in metro Atlanta. She not only edits books, she also helps writers power up their prose to increase their chances of success. She is the author of Write In Style (Union Square Publishing), a creative-writing guide that won three awards.

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Bobbie has spent more than 40 years in the publishing and communications industry and has run Zebra Communications, a book-editing company, since 1992. The editor of many publications and periodicals, she has worked with book publishers and trade magazine publishers as well as working in marketing communications and corporate communications.

Organizations
Past president, Georgia Writers Association; past vice president, South Carolina Writers Workshop; charter/lifelong member, Florida Writers Association; Southeastern Writers Association; Atlanta Writers Club; Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature (SPELL); International Guild of Professional Consultants

Publications
Write in Style (Union Square Publishing), A Cup of Comfort (Adams Media Corporation), A Cup of Comfort for Friends (Adams Media), A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Sons (Adams Media), Haunted Engounters (Atriad Press), Remembering Woolworth's (St. Martin's Press), First-Time Home Buyer magazine, HomeBusiness Journal, Apparel Industry Magazine, Edge Magazine, Atlanta Jewish Times, Time Travel Australia, American Writers Review, Points North, That's Entertainment, Atlanta Parent, Agnes Scott Alumnae Magazine, etc.

Education/Credentials
Journalism: University of South Carolina plus four decades of working in publishing, marketing, communications, advertising, newspaper and magazine production, book publishing, etc.

Awards and Honors
First Place, nonfiction, Georgia Writers Annual Contest, 2005; First Place, education, Royal Palm Literary Award, 2004; Best in Division, Georgia Author of the Year Awards, 2005; Finalist, Best Books 2005, USA BookNews Third Place, nonfiction, Georgia Writers, 1999; Nominated for Georgia Author of the Year, 1998; plus many other awards

Past/Present Clients
Capital Books, Sourcebooks, Olin Frederick, The Writer's Machine, Russell Dean & Company, Outskirts Press, and hundreds of writers.

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