How Writing Changes Authors — and Readers

In writing

I think the most important way the writing journey has changed me, is an essential element Susan May Warren teaches in her Novel Academy classes.

Susie calls it the Dark Moment Story: the traumatic event that made the character who they are. The effects of that event drive the character’s actions and decisions as each “next thing” happens to them. And hopefully by the end, some or all of the wounds from the dark moment are healed.

In life

Those writing lessons help me remember every “real” human being experiences dark moments that make them who they are: wounded in specific ways, in varying degrees.

I’m also reminded that most folks do the best they can as they make decisions and take actions in their lives. And events after the trauma can either deepen wounds or help heal them.

In books, the author determines how, or if, the character is healed. I can’t do anything to help the character. All I can do is trust the author has a good reason for writing what they did, and hope there’s healing and happiness at the end of the book.

In real life, I may be able to help others in different ways. But the most divine, most effective thing I can do, is to pray for them.

To trust that the Author of their lives has a good reason for each “next thing” that happens to them.

And remind myself that the Author’s purpose is always healing and happiness for everyone He creates.

How has the writing or reading journey changed you?

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Joni Vance is an award-winning author of fiction, essay, and poetry. She loves mystery, history, and how God reveals Himself every day.


May God reveal the mystery of His love in your life story.

4 thoughts on “How Writing Changes Authors — and Readers

  1. Lately I have experienced a lot of change from reading large portions of scripture while asking questions. The answers are there, and many times they are not what we have been taught or are being taught in churches and Christian books. It is so important to search out the truths for ourselves rather than taking another human beings word for it. Or maybe ask them to show you in scripture what they are trying to convey.

    • Great reminder, Jane. God’s Word speaks to me – and at different times in my life, I get different insights. Thanks!

  2. I would say my journey helps me with perspective. No matter what I read, whether fiction or non-fiction, unless it’s the Bible, it’s some person’s perspective. The Bible is God’s perspective. Reading and writing help me realize I often need to consider another perspective.

    • Thanks for sharing. And I agree, it is good to get other perspectives (then run them by the Holy Spirit to make sure I get the info He wants me to get).

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