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The Art of Spiritual Writing: How to Craft Prose That Engages and Inspires Your Readers

The Art of Spiritual Writing: How to Craft Prose That Engages and Inspires Your Readers

by Vinita Hampton Wright
The Art of Spiritual Writing: How to Craft Prose That Engages and Inspires Your Readers

The Art of Spiritual Writing: How to Craft Prose That Engages and Inspires Your Readers

by Vinita Hampton Wright

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Overview

There’s a constant hunger in the world for books that explore the spiritual aspects of life, but writing about spirituality is far more complex than simply sharing personal reflections about God and the life of faith. Editors and publishers who specialize in spiritual writing find that what is important to work out for yourself on paper may not always be the best way to connect to readers. Because of its personal nature, it can be difficult to find the balance in spiritual writing between what is good writing for you and what is good writing for others.

Incorporating her 20+ years of publishing and writing experience, Vinita Hampton Wright provides a practical and straightforward look at spiritual writing for a broader audience in The Art of Spiritual Writing. This slim volume is loaded with writing tips, advice, and exercises to help the writer hone and craft his or her personal thoughts into an engaging, inspiring, and publishable piece. Readers will learn such things as why authenticity matters, how to find their authentic voice, and how to engineer their creativity so that it resonates with readers.
 
The Art of Spiritual Writing demonstrates that by taking the time to learn and implement the process and craft of writing, we can begin to uncover new ways to connect with ourselves, our readers, and God. And as we grow in our writing ability, our spirituality blossoms as well.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780829439083
Publisher: Loyola Press
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 166
Sales rank: 311,339
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Vinita Hampton Wright is a Loyola Press editor and writer of many books, including Days of Deepening Friendship and Simple Acts of Moving Forward, and she blogs for DeepeningFriendship.com. She has been practicing Ignatian spirituality for a decade and writing about it for nearly as long. She lives in Chicago, IL, with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.

Table of Contents

First of All vii

1 What Does It Mean to "Write" Spirituality? 1

2 The First Five Things Every Spirituality Writer Needs to Know 5

3 Understanding the Difference between Personal and Public Writing 17

4 How to Make Your Story a Story for Others 27

5 What Authenticity Is and Why It Matters 41

6 Spiritual Formation and the Writer's Discipline 51

7 What You Can Learn from Other Spirituality Writers 63

8 Simple Ways to Make Your Writing Better 73

9 The Engineering of Creativity-Process, Prayer, and Practice 89

10 Product Is the End Result 97

11 Publishing Your Work 105

12 Enduring Truths 129

13 Self-Care for the Writer 141

14 So, Where Is God in All This? 153

Now That You've Found Your Spiritual Writing Voice… 159

Acknowledgments 163

About the Author 165

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