Today I am delighted to host Cendrine Marrouat with her Three-Act Play, In the Silence of Words as part of her WordCrafter book blog tour.
You can read the other posts in the tour here:
‘In the Silence of Words’: A Behind-the-Scene Look by Cendrine Marrouat
When I started my artistic career in 2005, I knew I wanted to be more than just a poet.
Theatre has always fascinated me. I studied many plays in high school and at university. One of the first things I realized is that theatre is an excellent genre to delve into difficult topics. The best playwrights have mastered the “show, not tell” approach. They sprinkle clues everywhere and force you to pay attention to details, so you can read between the lines and infer the overall meaning when needed.
In 2006, I was in the middle of my very painful depression. Poetry had started helping me heal, but I felt that a play would force me to reach deep within my soul to find the key to full healing. Further, I had never focused on a project for a prolonged period of time. It would be an interesting experiment for sure.
I wanted the play to be (very) loosely based on some major events in my life, including my mother’s suicide, so I could build a meaningful story and inspire those who might be in similar shoes. The storyline, topics, and title were already in my head. All I needed was to get started.
However, I wanted to do everything right. For several months, I read guides on playwriting, re-read several of my favorite plays, and did research into names. In the process, I became interested in using movement as a way to further the plot.
The first draft of In the Silence of Words took me seven months to write. It was an exhilarating experience: I lived every scene as though I was there. It felt like an out-of-body experience, allowing me to fully grasp my own journey and understand how to embrace my depression.
I showed the play to a couple of trusted friends. They too could picture everything in their minds. They could almost touch the characters! Their excellent feedback allowed me to make the story more impactful. A couple of rewrites later, the whole thing looked exactly the way I had envisioned it.
Since 2007, I have read In the Silence of Words once a year. The goal is to remind myself of my journey as a writer and as a depression-free person for more than ten years. I am very proud of this project, which has been instrumental in awaking my interest in other art forms since then.
There is a little of Cassandra Philip, the main character, in most of us. We spend years wondering what the world wants from us. Until one day, a series of events forces us to face our fears in a painful, but liberating way…
I hope you will enjoy In the Silence of Words and cannot wait to read your feedback!
In the Silence of Words: A Three-Act Play
- Formats: ebook and paperback
- Release date: 2018 (second edition 2021)
- Availability: Everywhere books are sold, including Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Chapters-Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and FNAC. Readers are encouraged to support independent bookstores: https://creativeramblings.com/books/.
- Website: https://creativeramblings.com/silence-words-play/
It’s the beginning of September. 30-year-old Cassandra Philip has just lost her mother. The secret she uncovers shortly after the funeral resurrects the ghosts of the past, while threatening the present and shattering her pre-conceived notions of what the future is supposed to hold…
In the Silence of Words is not just a story of loss. It also questions the validity of personal sacrifice in a world that seeks to preserve the status quo over the needs of the soul.
Cendrine Marrouat is a French-born Canadian photographer, poet, and the multi-genre author of more than 30 books. In 2019, she founded the PoArtMo Collective and co-founded Auroras & Blossoms with David Ellis. A year later, they launched PoArtMo (Positive Art Month and Positive Art Moves) and created the Kindku and Pareiku, two forms of poetry.
Cendrine is also the creator of the Sixku, the Flashku, and the Reminigram. Cendrine writes both in French and English and has worked in many different fields in her 17-year career, including translation, language instruction, journalism, art reviews, and social media.
Books: – Songs in Our Paths: Haiku & Photography (Volume 2) (2021)
– Seizing the Bygone Light: A Tribute to Early Photography (2021) (Co-author)
– 30 Creative Prompts to Take Your Art to the Next Level (2021) (Co-author)
– Rhythm Flourishing: A Collection of Kindku and Sixku (2020) (Co-author)
– The Auroras & Blossoms PoArtMo Anthology: 2020 Edition (Co-editor)
– The Auroras & Blossoms NaPoWriMo Anthology: 2020 Edition (Co-editor)
– The Little Big eBook on Social Media Audiences: Build Yours, Keep It, and Win (2014 – Second edition 2020)
– Blog Your Way to Success: 35+ No-Nonsense Tips for Authors and Writers (2020)
– Walks: A Collection of Haiku (All the Volumes and More!) (2020)
– Photography of Life and Living: The Black and White Book (2020) (Co-author)
– Songs in Our Paths: Haiku & Photography (Volume 1) (2020)
– Bad. Pitches. Period. 30 Flavors of Spammy Emails (2020)
– The Heart of Space (2020) – My Twitter Workbook: 20 Tips to Get Noticed and Followed (2020) (Co-author)
– My Positivity Journal: 100 Action Verbs and Affirmations for Daily Inspiration (2020) (Co-author)
– My Poetry Workbook: 20 Tips to Write Great Poems (2020) (Co-author)
– My Creative Journal: 40 Prompts to Take Your Writing to the Next Level! (2020) (Co-author)
– My Marketing Workbook: Promotional Tips For Poets (2020) (Co-author)
– Dans le silence des mots: Une pièce en trois actes (2019) – Walks: A Collection of Haiku (Volume 3) (2019)
– Walks: A Collection of Haiku (Volume 2) (2019)
– Walks: A Collection of Haiku (Volume 1) (2019)
– In the Silence of Words: A Three-Act Play (2018)
– Life’s Little Things: The Quotes (2017)
– Life’s Little Things – Les petites choses de la vie (2016)
– When the Mind Travels: A Poetic Journey into Photography (2015)
– The Little Big eBook on Blogging: 40 Traffic Generation Tips (2012)
– Five Years and Counting: A Journey into the Mind of Soul Poetry (2010)
– Project: Heartbeats and Elevation (2009) – Short Poetry for Those Who Fear Death (2006)
– And They All Rejoiced! Soul-Stirring Poetry (2006)
– Sortons des chemins battus (2006)