Spiritual Writing

For a spiritual being–that is, as an eternal spirit occupying a physical body–writing is an act of love. A spirit-directed mental process that gathers all the best and worst memories, and transfigures them into a creative expression of fascination and love.

All the writer’s hopes and desires in life serve as a sounding board, reflecting in words the very “things” that make life worth living. Bubbling up like a melodic spring, inspiration carries on its currents those words that convey emotions like little boats, saying, “Here. Here is life. Drink it up.”

You constantly hurry your narrative … by telling it, in a sort of impetuous breathless way, in your own person, when the people [characters] should tell it and act it for themselves.

Charles Dickens

Practicing spirituality while composing fiction is much like flying a kite. The string is that fragile connection all writers have with their own spirits, tenuous and weak, yet flexible and far-reaching.

The body of the kite—buffeted about by the wind—utilizes that force to move across the field of knowledge. Waiting to gently capture the perfect word or the most subtle phrase. Ready to cling to the most ephemeral jewel; polishing it to perfection before sending it to be placed on the page among others of like kind.

No less important, the tail: A mental and spiritual channel which keeps the writer connected to both the physical realm and the spiritual realm. Helping to balance the flow between Source and writer, giving the thoughts and ideas a focal point.

“Always stop while you are going good and don’t worry about it until you start to write the next day. That way your subconscious will work on it all the time. But if you think about it consciously or worry bout it you will kill it and your brain will be tired before you start.”

Ernest Hemingway

When taken together, Source, channel, and writer serve as a fountain of knowledge. Jetting those ideas that elements of story-telling act to move in a specific direction, with specific purpose.

That purpose being to create a world in which readers can isolate themselves, living in an “alternate reality” for a period of time. A reality in which differing points of view can be presented in a loving and spiritual fashion, for which the reader can either reject, as being too “radical,” or accepted, as defining reality in a way that agrees with the reader.

“Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day. It helps.”

John Steinbeck