Writing Tips

A Prayer for Fiction Writers/Authors

My brother-in-law bought me a book of liturgies/prayers called Every Moment Holy by Douglas Kaine McKelvey. BUY THIS BOOK! I highly recommend it! It has some beautiful artwork, and the language is both simple and artistic. Anyway, I ran across this amazing prayer for fiction writers. I pray that it will inspire you as you create today.

Here are some excerpts (The rest of the liturgy is just as good):

Writers: Lord, let me love this world into being.

Leader: Even as you, in the infinite poetry of your thoughts and the inexhaustible joy of your love, spoke a universe into existence, into life, into the complex motion of its myriad particulars, so grant the grace that I might trace by my thoughts and words the echoes of some infinite pattern of your creation.

Take these my small offerings: my pen, my paper, my words, my willingness to be still and present.

Fill my imagination. Be to me both fire and wonder, inspiration and guide.

Lord, let me love this world into being, and let me love each of the characters I create…May I allow them the dignity to become themselves within the world I have created…May they have something like a breath of life in them, and not be the shriveled fruit of my own moralizing.

Lord, let me love the reader, ever writing for their good, writing words that might, in the employ of your Spirit, bring life and hope and conviction….And when I am too enamored with my own cleverness, grant me the humility and the courage to make the hard choices, to amputate my own ego…[M]ay it please you by your grace to turn my darkness to light so that even the fruits of my pride and insecurity would be redeemed for the good of your people and the furtherance of your kingdom and the glory of your name.