I got that comment half a dozen times this past weekend. The setting was the porch of a monastery. Was I sharing the secret of spiritual enlightenment? Actually, I was brainstorming plot ideas with students at the fabled Writers Retreat Workshop.
In fact, those students had it wrong. I didn’t give them anything they didn’t already have. The story for which they were searching was already in their pages. Like the forest and the trees, they sometimes couldn’t see their story for the words.
A number of lackluster stories were described to me. It might have been a disappointing experience but over the years I’ve learned that every story has a resource waiting to be tapped: its author. [Read more…]