Typical Conversation Linda Escalera Price: I'm a playwright. Guy: Really? How did you end up doing that? LEP: The only thing I can manage to write well is dialogue. Guy: You think that's good dialogue? LEP: No, not really, but I was just answering -- Guy: Would I have seen anything you've written? LEP: I really don't know. Ever seen a play in LA or off-off Broadway or the dozens of the places my work has been produced? If so, you might have seen my short play "Welcome to Florida" (published by Brooklyn Publishers) or one of my full-length plays like "Silent Heroes" or "Harps & Harmonicas". If you hang out at schools or churches you might have seen one of my children's plays or a chancel drama or two. Perhaps the cantata "Believe." Guy: So, do you make a living as a playwright? LEP: Not a very good living . . . Guy: Yeah, that's what I thought. To find out more about me check out, Like me at or follow me @ladderprice.


Why I Don’t Need To Set Goals

By Linda Escalera Price I HATE goals. I know, I’ve mentioned this before. But I really do. So I don’t set them. Here’s my rationale. I don’t need goals to give me direction – I know where I’m headed. I don’t need goals to get things accomplished – I know what things I want to […]

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Why In The World Do You Want My Feedback?

by Linda Escalera Price That’s always my first question when someone asks for feedback. Granted, it might be unspoken, but the answer (theirs or my best guess) guides the way in which I read and give feedback.  There could be thousands of reasons (there’s an interesting writing prompt) and each reason guides me to read […]

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“Never Work With Children Or Animals”

by Linda Escalera Price I’m a huge fan of W.C. Fields’ quotes. And when the topic of “Writing with Pets” came up, the above quote was the first thing that popped into my head. I don’t have pets. It’s not that I don’t like animals, I grew up with pets. But think of me as the Aunt […]

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Neil Simon Taught Me How To Write A Play

by Linda Escalera Price  As a child my favorite author was Madeleine L’Engle, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Ian Fleming, C.S. Lewis, L. Frank Baum, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Alfred Hitchcock and whoever wrote the book I was currently reading. I was very non-discriminatory – basically if it had words that told a […]

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At What Price, Truth?

by Linda Escalera Price When I was 16, I read a book that shone light on the unspoken truth of what it was like to live in the home of a Marine fighter pilot. Words we had dared not utter outside of our homes – even to our best friends – pages and pages of […]

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How to prove to your Parents and to the IRS that Writing is NOT your HOBBY by Barbara Ebert

This month is thrilled to welcome first-time blogger Barbara Ebert, a CPA with Martin, Dolan & Holton in Richmond, VA. This tap-dancing, theatre-going, memoir writing accountant is the coolest CPA you’ll ever run across.  Plus she knows her stuff.  During her many decades as an CPA, she has researched and written returns for plenty of hobby loss/business folks and deals with […]

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It’s my business

I spent more than a decade as a freelance advertising copywriter before I became a playwright. So when I shifted genres – taking a huge paycut in the process! – I already knew the one thing that can make or break your writing career. Mindset. You can take yourself seriously. Or not. You can see […]

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Living in the Present Tense

by Linda Escalera Price I’m supposed to be writing about reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the future. But in the past two months, I learned about an ALS diagnosis, went to the funeral of an old friend, cried when another old friend’s 17 year-old daughter died and sat in the doctor’s […]

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What’s In A Name? Thanks!

by Linda Escalera Price On January 28, 1986, I stood in stunned silence in my office parking lot in Jacksonville, FL as the plume of Space Shuttle Challenger exploded into two hideous plumes. Fourteen years later I named a character, the wife of a Marine aviator who stands strong under adversity, June – as a way of […]

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Die Laughing

by Linda Escalera Price When my Grandfather was 89, he sat down on the back deck of his Napa Valley home, watched the setting sun cast shadows across the vineyards, sipped a glass of 18 year-old Glenlivet and breathed his last breath. You could almost see the credits roll at the end of a long, […]

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