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My Present Projects

Just wanted to share how overwhelming this gift of writing can get, and I’m not complaining. Truth is, you tell people that you work from home, and they are like ‘Oh, you must have so much time on your hands.’ I wish!

Presently I’m writing a Screenplay Adaption for one of my Friends Rob Buck titled Beyond Time. It’s kind of a futuristic/scientific story with some interesting time travel themes and a good Christian message.

I’m also working on another Screenplay adaption “Journey on the Hard Side of Miracles” that chronicle the ‘Jesus Movement’ stories of the 70’s. Very interesting themes of faith and miracles.

There is also another Screenplay I’m working on called “The Covering.” This one is being written from a treatment or outline and takes twice as long as the other two established stories. In essence, this one has to be built from the ground up.

I am also the co-author of a full length stageplay titled “I Need to Know my Father – Part II.” This is a sequel and is challenging to write as there is an expectation that this will surpass the quality and value of the first one, and this is not easy to do.

Those are the urgent projects I’m working on along with my own personal writing including the novel for ‘Chloe’ that I am getting super excited about and I can’t wait to release that to the world. It’s a really good story.

See other works at http://www.christianplaywright.org

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Christ in my Writing

I make every effort to include ‘Christian’ when trying to define the kind of writer I am. I know I could be content with just saying I’m a writer, but to me it makes all the more difference to be a little bit more specific. After all there are erotic writers, fantasy writers, comedy writers. I could fall into one or more of these categories, but with a strong Christian flavor.

A few years ago, I was doing a Playwriting course through a secular channel. So, naturally, the play I was supposed to write for that class was secular. For the first time ever, I even used some controversial language. I mean, I was doing a Playwriting course. I would fail if all my characters sounded like the decent, law abiding Christian that I am….so if a character was a sinner, I made him sin and cuss.

It just so happens that I was asked to display some of my stuff at a Church Convention. I never thought anyone would venture to look beyond the cover of anything on display. After all, this is a generation of non-readers right? Wrong! One of my elderly sister from my own local Church flipped beyond the cover of my first non-Christian play. She came over to me and asked what this particular word she was pointing at was. Of course it was one of those words I don’t use or more so, I should not use…but I wrote it. I was very embarrassed.

That moment in my history taught me a valuable lesson that I never forgot. To this day, I have never compromised anything I have written, and am proud to say that I am a Christian Writer, and I write for God. I have learnt the art of making a character who is a sinner, a sinner without compromising in language, explicit descriptions and behavior or gross mis-conduct. This self appointed title, however, comes with its own disadvantages. I try not to write, unless I am inspired to, which makes maintaining a blog a challenge in and of itself as I really have no words of my own. I am very doubtful I will make it to 365 posts, but I will try. This is really me trying.

Until then you can see my work here: http://www.christianplaywright.org

 

 

Christian Playwriting

I continue to get lots of emails from prospective playwrights, who have penned a wonderful play that may have been produced once, and then deposited in the archives. I’m sure that curiosity would point such a one in a direction where these archives don’t exist, and scripts are bought and used over and over again.

So how did I do it?

Keep in mind that when I wrote my first play over a decade ago, such a market did not exist for me. This is where a mentor comes into play. I was taught that any market that didn’t exist could be created for just about anything. Where most of us go wrong, is that we look for something already established and then try to be a part of that. This road is way too easy, and we miss the vital learning experience from going at it the hard way.

In some sense though, a market does exist for Christian scripts. There are publishers of plays and Playwriting competitions that offers newbies a foot in the door. There is also the option of self publishing, which is by far my personal favorite. The hardest part of Self Publishing for me is marketing, but I realize more and more publishers are sending their Authors out to do their own marketing, so either way works out the same.

So, go get those scripts you have in your archive and do something great with them. There are many options to explore. Some are in my book available in Kindle and Hard Copy on Amazon:

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Until then, you can view all my work at http://www.christianplaywright.org