Category: Writing

22 Things I Learned as a 22-Year-Old

This week I turn 23, so I decided to take some time to trace the last year and come up with a list of various things I learned (or discovered, or experienced for the first time) while I was 22. I’ll admit, I stole this idea from another blogger (from whom I’ve been reading for…eight […]

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This Year, “Make Perfect Your Will”

Writer and teacher Jonathan Rogers shared a perceptive, persuasive short post on his blog at the close of 2018, encouraging his readers to approach the new year with a new mindset—one that prioritizes “process” over “results.” Though his post was chiefly aimed at writers, I think his insight applies to us all. I recommend his […]

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What “Discipleship through Drama” Looks Like

Kittywham Productions has a tagline that only appears on one or two pages of our site. But it’s a phrase that carries rich meaning: “Discipleship through Drama.” “Discipleship” gets a fair amount of airtime in Christian circles, which I think is good, although I wonder if sometimes it becomes a vague, almost mystical concept. As […]

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National Author's Day

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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G. K. Chesterton on Art

“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.” G. K. Chesterton, The Collected Works  

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Poem: “The Month of August”

August always feels like a fast, flurried month. No holiday gives it special significance; summer is practically over, autumn rushing in to take its place. It’s a month of transition, and as such, I find it easy to overlook. August acts as a kind of bridge between vacation season and study season, rather than being […]

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Vote! What Content Would Interest You?

Happy Tuesday, friends. I hope we’ve all started this week strong! I’ve been sifting through my mental filing cabinet labeled “blog” lately, sorting through reams of ideas for posts. As I’ve searched and arranged, I’ve chosen several paths we might pursue here focusing on specific kinds of writing or topics related to drama. The question […]

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Anne Lamott on The Truth About First Drafts

From Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott: “People tend to look at successful writers…and think that they sit down at their desks every morning feeling like a million dollars, feeling great about who they are and how much talent they have and what a great story they have to tell; […]

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