During the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference last week, former vice president of Thomas Nelson Publishers Allen Arnold and award winning author Jim Rubart presented the workshop “Live Free. Write Free.” which focused on what they call the “heart of the storyteller.”
Because writing is a performance-driven profession, it can be easy for authors to be subsumed by their career and neglect themselves. This can be harmful to the writer as well as their writing. As Allen says, “You can’t write what you aren’t.” So during their presentation, these two speakers gave some important tips on how writers can stay true to themselves and their message. The advice given during this interactive workshop was for authors, but there were also some great gems that everyone can use in their daily lives.
Feeling inadequate and being unable to write.
Allen says that he has seen many, many authors struggle with writing. At one time or another, every author will feel like they can’t get their characters right or the plot is not flowing. This leads to a lack of joy in their writing. Allen warns that this is not a problem with writing techniques, but actually an issue within the writer’s heart.