Skywalker. Obi-Wan Kenobi’s presence awakened him to a larger story, taught him
the ways of a Jedi, and steered him to his truer destiny.
with a call out of the ordinary and into adventure. But as we take that step,
we soon realize how alone we feel and how impossible the task appears. This is
the moment in every great novel and movie where the seasoned sage appears to
propel the hero forward.
But God also provides human guidance. For writers, these are the sages strong
enough to handle our hang-ups and meltdowns, brave enough to speak the hard
realities others avoid, and loyal enough to read every draft of our work. They can
think like your most passionate fan without being in awe of your gifts (which rules
out your spouse and your mom). And they consistently offer ideas that lift your
story to the next level by making your story sound even more like you. Though
they can be your editor or agent, they often are ones not financially tied to
the success of your book.
Perhaps you haven’t been ready until now. There’s an ancient saying: “When the
student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Sometimes it’s hard for
best-selling, proven authors to still see themselves as students. Yet no matter
how accomplished we are, there’s always someone further down the road than us.
bring a sage into your life and remain expectant. He will.
that desperately need wisdom. You may feel you have little to offer. Even so, be
their sage. Not as a work-for-hire project or quid pro quo – but simply because
at this moment you have eyes to see their story more clearly than they do.
they are alone in this journey.
God has set before him. From the mountains of Colorado, he leads Content &
Resources for Ransomed Heart Ministries (led by John Eldredge). Before that, he
spent 20 years in Christian Publishing – overseeing the development of
more than 500 novels as founder and Publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction. He was
awarded the ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. But that doesn’t really
describe the man. Allen savors time with his family, craves the beach, drinks
salsa by the glass, is hooked on the TV series “Once Upon a Time” and
is passionate about helping storytellers tell better stories from an awakened