1. For the Christian, especially, “write who you are” includes (or should include) both the author’s love for storytelling and possibility, and more importantly, his/her love for Christ.

    What, then, do we make of those who say “good stories should not propagandize?” But if an author truly loved evangelism and sharing the Gospel specifically with those who both do and don’t know it, he would not be true to himself if he suppressed this in his story. It would come off even more inauthentic than one of those “propaganda” stories.

    This leads me to the sober conclusion that perhaps, for some Christian novels that seem infested with religious propaganda, their authors don’t hold these truths very deeply. Those who write directly about Christ and the Gospel “get away with it” because they have truly saturated themselves in these ideas, which have influenced who they are deep down. In turn, books — either fiction or nonfiction — influence how people think and what they believe. Thus, while it’s true writers best write about who they are, it’s also true that writers are what they read.

  2. Nikole Hahn says:

    I try to impart real world struggles in my fantasy setting. I’m always asking, “What if…”

  3. I love Terry Brooks and I loved the book I believe your quote is from (Sometimes the Magic Works). Terry also talks about his editor telling him early on in his career to have a bigger picture to his story than just the story itself. In other words, Theme. And in Terry’s books, you see the theme of how man’s technology destroyed the world.

    As far as what part of myself to I impart into my book? I think its my desire for an authentic, fleshed out, full of sweat and blood and fear relationship we have with our Creator. And how he loves us, walks with us, and tenderly calls us back when we lose ourselves.

  4. Ken Rolph says:

    Write what you know is fine. Write what you are might be stretching it. Are I interesting? Are I done stuff in my life? Are I anything. Nope. I see a slippery slope where you end up desperately emoting about your inner life. I think I actually did that once, but I got over it when I turned 17.

    Is our writing a window or a mirror? Do we write a window so that our readers can look in through it and see us? Hello! It’s me! Or is it a mirror, where our readers look into it and see themselves. Mirrors are very handy for helping people see themselves.

    And what about the writers? We need a window to look out of. So perhaps we are here in our secret, dark, hidden little room. Our only light comes from the one way mirror that our readers see. And what if that went transparent? What would our readers see. Not themselves, which is interesting, but ourselves, which is not interesting.

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