When, that is, I remember to write right. Which I don't always do. I'm working on a rewrite of a book now -- the first submission was too dry, too teach-y and too heady. Not enough heart to make anyone want to read it. Not personal enough to make anyone care. Not relevant enough to the reader's experience.
I could have avoided all that had I had Vinita Hampton Wright's new book, The Art of Spiritual Writing: How to Craft Prose that Engages and Inspires Your Readers. As it turned out, the book came after dark last night, whilst I was in the dark about how to "fix" my manuscript.
Instead of continuing the struggle to beat my book into shape, I read Vinita's book. Straight through. And, as I did, I kept thinking, "Yep", "Indeed", "A-ha", and other such things. It wasn't so much that I learned a lot of new things. Rather Vinita's book reminded of everything that I knew but had somehow forgotten to practice. Yikes. I'm keeping it beside me as I go through my re-write.
The first two chapters alone are worth the price of the book --
- What Does It Mean to “Write” Spirituality?
- The First Five Things Every Spirituality Writer Needs to Know
Other chapters are just as helpful and include:
- How to Make Your Story a Story for Others
- What Authenticity Is and Why It Matters
- What You Can Learn from Other Spirituality Writers
- Simple Ways to Make Your Writing Better
I am not going to tell you what Vinita says about these topics. What I am going to say is, "Read this book!" It doesn't matter whether you're new to writing or an old hand like me -- you'll find this little collection of writing wisdom helpful. It will take you further down your journey to writing well -- guided by an excellent practitioner of this craft to which many of us feel called.
On Thursday of this week Vinita will be guest blogging about her book here on Holy Ordinary. You won't want to miss that.