Friday, September 6, 2013
The Spiritual Side of Writing...
"All writing comes by the grace of God."
---Ralph Waldo Emerson
There's no doubt that writing can be a very challenging way to earn a living. Full of ups and downs, upheaval, editors here, gone tomorrow, industry changes. Not to mention the feast and famine cycle.
You know the script: one month, your writing income finances an expensive vacation. The next month you're surviving off of Ramen Noodles and prayer. Can I get an Amen? :-)
Still, writing affords many benefits and blessings. I am reminded of this fact this evening, when I signed on a new client, with whom I'm proud to have a hand in bringing her story to the public.
And though I've earned pay for penning everything from slogans, to poetry, to blog posts, to silly fillers, I am so honored to have work that not only allows me to make a living, but to make a difference.
Bragging aside, over the last few years, I've helped to edit a book on domestic violence, thereby potentially saving the lives of women of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds worldwide. I've assisted others in finding publishers that produced books that memorialized their loved ones. I've even coached and mentored others to make their first sale; which has been more gratifying than I can put into words.
So, I ask you today readers, what do you find "spiritual" about writing? What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career? Do tell.