One of my greatest delights is in coaching young writers. The funny thing about it is, I think they teach me more than I teach them, whether directly or indirectly. I’ve had the privilege of coaching my dear sister, Katelyn, in developing her God given talent for writing (something I really can’t take any credit for). Nowadays, I take major cues from her in our writing. I’m proud to consider her a peer in story craft.
Currently, I’m working with Ryan, on an unusual side project that involves quite a bit of fiction writing. It has been exciting to watch his writing style grow, even in the past few months, and I’ve had so much fun crafting our co-writing project with him.
Today, in talking to him, however, I noticed something about my own writing that I had never spotted before. And I think it reveals a pretty cool truth about this craft – the stories we write are a mirror of our own personal stories.