My Writing Life:
John Michael Duggan started writing in 1992. He was working to make a career for himself as an actor and stage director, making the rounds in Hollywood and the Los Angeles area, until he was offered the role of father to twin sons. In order to properly support his new family, John put aside his pursuit of a theatre career and went to work as a digital artist for such diverse companies as Disney, Sony, and Sega, among others. To maintain some connection to the world of "showbiz" while rearing his sons, John started writing screenplays and stageplays.
During these years of family life, John studied the works of other writers order to teach himself the craft of writing. He scripted and illustrated the long-running full page monthly comic strip "RED RYDER" in Easyriders magazine following the death of the strip's originator Hal Robinson and eventually created, scripted, and illustrated the original monthly comic strip "WHITE-LINE WILLIE" for Supercycle magazine for several years. As well, John wrote numerous illustrated humor articles for those magazines that were published nationally.
Since then, John has had two "Doodle" books published by Ulysees Press and is working on a third. He continues to hone his writing skills, including a stint doing coverage for Joel Castleberg and Panama Productions. John's one-act play "INTERLUDE" was included in Ten Grand Productions' Cold Cuts Reading Series, was a finalist in the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, and was staged by the Spokane Civic Theatre's recent Playwrights Forum Festival. His stage work, "HAMMURABI'S CHAIR," was produced by Gorilla Tango Theatre in Chicago and the screen version is currently in development with The Agency Advertising Group. The regional film rights for his stage work, "KANSAS" was picked up through the National New Play Network by Chhoti Productions of Mumbai, India for development. John is currently working-for-hire as the screenwriter for the adaptation of the book "THE GREEN WALL," about the whistle-blower who changed California's prison system.
He is a member of the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco, the Playwright's Center (Minneapolis, MN), the National New Play Network and is an associate member of the Dramatists' Guild. Click here to view his directing resume.
There was a screenwriting maxim learned (from whom, forgotten) that it wasn't until one completed one's eighth script, that only then were you truly beginning to understand how to craft a good story.
I'm way past number eight.