So, disclaimer - I'm a Christian, go to church every Sunday, and I recently volunteered to take part in this Christmas musical they're setting up. I got the script, looked at my part, the songs etc. And MY WORD it's cringe-worthily badly written! I mean, yes, I believe Jesus is Lord etc, and yes, I like the message, but my goodness when I read the play, it's like watching someone whack people over the head with a club screaming: "Get it? GET IT NOW? Jesus is Lord! Do you GET IT yet!?" Ugh... My theory on why it's so bad is threefold: I don't believe for a second Christian writers are just universally bad and simply don't realise it's bad writing. I'm sure they know. So why do they keep producing such... well... I don't wanna insult my own church's play (they didn't write it but found it somewhere). What's worse is, try telling anyone at church it's a badly written play. They'll look at you like you just blasphemed because it's like you're saying the message is bad. Or they'll look at you like, "Yeah but that's not the point." I'm even considering dropping out of the play because I can't stand the bad writing. There's a part in the play where I have to say to a homeless man, no less, "Cheer up, dude! Here, take my sandwich!" (and the rest of the scene involves clueless people who've suddenly had a complete change of heart after listening to the monologue of the nativity scene suddenly giving the homeless guy a job and inviting him to stay at their house for Christmas. It reads like a spoof - like it's mocking the homeless instead. And it's not. It's genuine as all heck. I wanna weep...) I feel bad even thinking and writing this because I feel like I'm mocking the idea of telling people that Jesus is Lord. I'm not. It's just sooooo badly written... Okay, now, rant over - I have 2 questions: 1. Why do you think it's so consistently bad? I know Christian genres have been stigmatised in the publishing industry too - 9 out of 10 agents specifically say they're not interested in inspirational/religious fiction. 2. How do we improve it? How do you write an allegorical story well?