Every writer will, at some point in their literary journey, experience one of those dark days where their head is overcrowded with demons, their draft novel sucks and everyone on Twitter is tweeting about their amazing literary successes.
When this happens the true writer knows that quitting is not an option. Being creative is woven into a writer’s DNA. If you opened up the vein of a writer you would most probably see letters, words and semi colons floating about. Writing is not something a true writer can give up.
So when our literary world gets gloomy, when we have eaten all the chocolate we can lay our hands on, when we can cry no more, when all creative hope is lost – our only option left is to pray!
I like to think that there is a ‘Writer’s Prayer’ – something that will calm our emotional state and give us a few minutes of quiet reflection.
It doesn’t matter who you pray to or what you pray to. I believe that the simple act of closing your eyes and saying a Writer’s Prayer can bring you, the troubled writer, some much-needed creative peace.
Trust me on this – it actually works!
Here is my version of ‘The Writer’s Prayer’
Thank you for challenging my creative passion today.
This prayer helps me to remember that I am on a literary journey and on this journey there are going to be good days and bad days.
I know that I am not alone as there are other writers out there, who are also being challenged by their creative passion.
Please give me the strength to get through this tough creative time and to ignore the voices of my writing demons.
I must remember that today is not a refection of my creative worth.
This prayer acts as a reminder to me, even though I am suffering I am doing what I love – writing. There are some people in this world who never get to pursue their creative passion and this is why I should appreciate the bad times as well as the good times.
Thank you for blessing me with my half finished second draft of a novel. Yes it does feel like an ugly duckling, but if I give it time and focus it will one day turn into something beautiful.
Every piece of creative work that I am blessed with is teaching me something. Even though I can’t quite see it today – my draft novel is trying to teach me something.
Thank you for making me see that I am still growing and developing as a writer.
I am hoping this prayer will bring some peace to my creative world.
For noting: this prayer has been road tested during a bad literary time over the weekend. I actually felt calmer.
What would be in your Writer’s Prayer?
I hope you all have a great day!