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National Author’s Day 2018

Ever heard of National Author’s Day? Me neither, until recently. About a week ago, I learned that November 1st is a national holiday set aside to honor authors, and right away I knew I wanted to celebrate it here on the blog. Put simply, the stories I read as I grew up shaped my soul. […]

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3 Truths about Writing: What I Learned Reading Stories by Middle Schoolers

On Friday, I was able to help out at the Southern Illinois A.C.E. Junior Convention as a writing judge. I’d judged last year as well and was delighted to participate again. I go and read the kids’ stories, use a grading rubric to score the entries, and finally write some comments for each student. And for […]

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The Writing Process: How to Storyboard a Script

After emerging from an intense script-writing season, I’ve been reflecting on my writing process, pondering what techniques worked and what didn’t. I certainly have plenty to improve on and new methods I want to try, but I thought I’d share one technique that helped me as I wrote my latest play. The Storyboard Isn’t storyboarding […]

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New Pinterest Boards: “The (Reimagined) Book of Daniel” and “Narrow Escape”

Happy Tuesday! I hope you’ve been enjoying the brisk, breezy fall days as much as I have. Earthy maple and pumpkin smells, and sweaters that feel like bearhugs…. It’s hard to pick a favorite season, but when I’m pressed I always end up choosing autumn. 🍁 This week we’ve added two new boards to our […]

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Read for Free: “Just Ask Pastor!” script excerpt

I recently finished writing not one but two new plays. This is why my weekly blog post has not been weekly this month (i.e., has not appeared at all—yikes). By October 3rd, I’d written more than 20,000 words in just over two weeks, and at that point I had no more words inside me—and the […]

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New Skit: “Alternative Apologies”

Today we have a brand-new skit available, our second this month! The new addition, Alternative Apologies, introduces two crazy characters we expect to see more of in the future: Phoenix and Remy. These two gals are Professional Lifestyle Coaches and have quite a lot of, um…wisdom (?) to share. In Alternative Apologies, Phoenix and Remy are […]

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The Three Things You Need for Putting on a Play (and All the Things You Don’t Need) – Part 2

Today’s post is a continuation of last week’s, which outlined the three essentials of drama. Click here to read Part 1. I’ve explained what I believe are the only three things you need for putting on a play: a script, actors, and a healthy supply of commitment. But as you were reading Part 1 of […]

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The Three Things You Need for Putting on a Play (and All the Things You Don’t Need) – Part 1

The idea of producing a play daunts most of us. So many elements have to be organized and brought together in theater that even the suggestion of doing a drama sounds intimidating. I wish it weren’t like that. And, honestly, I don’t think it has to be. I believe only three things are truly necessary to […]

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NEW Today: Pastor Appreciation Skit!

Now that September has arrived, it’s (obviously) time to plan for October, right? And, as I’m sure we all know, October is Pastor Appreciation Month! Today we’re introducing a brand new skit, written specially to honor pastors. Just Ask Pastor! is a short, two-scene play that runs about 6-10 minutes. If you’re looking for a […]

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5 Reasons Why “Rejected” Is Our #1 Bestselling Script

We’re almost halfway through our Fall Sale, and we thought it was high time we shared a few of our favorite things about our top bestselling Christmas script, Rejected: The Inside Story. So without further ado, here are our picks for the five best features of our most popular play. 5.  1950s Setting The 50s are […]

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