Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Are You a Spiritual Writer? by Joyce Anthony
My VBT-Writers on the Move guest for this week is Joyce Anthony. We visited with her on the June 1 post, and today, she has provided an guest blog. From the keyboard of Joyce Anthony, author of Storm:
Are You a Spiritual Writer? by Joyce A. Anthony
Who do you write for?
Why do you write?
Stop and think for a minute before you answer the above questions? Are you sure of your answers?
Most of us believe we are writing from a point inside ourselves and many also believe we only write for ourselves, but often this is not the case. Ask yourself the following questions:
Do you seek approval from others on what you write?
Do you seek out someone to tell you how well you are doing?
If you had to justify WHAT you write, could you?
When you are writing from spirit, you do not need the approval of those outside yourself. Not only that, you do not even seek that approval, for you KNOW you are doing good, you know it works.
This is not the conceited kind of believing that makes a person feel they are better writers than others. This belief comes from a place where other writers are not part of the equation--you write well. You do not need to compare yourself to others.
Do you write to entertain, to make money, to achieve recognition? You do not, in either case write from spirit. Writing from spirit has no purpose--it is writing for writing's sake. You write because you must. You have no other purpose.
Does your writing reflect who you are inside? If asked why you write a particular genre, can you say "That's who I am"? If the answer is "no", then the writing comes from outside the spirit.
Is there anything wrong with writing outside the spirit? No. As writers, 99.9 percent do just that. The problem arises because we do not write our best when we do this. The best writing is that which comes from spirit. Plain and simple--it's the difference between good writing and great.
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