Many of my spiritual friends are also writers, and that’s no coincidence. Writing and spirituality – at least on good days – are both active practices of contemporary mysticism. Like meditation, centering prayer, or lectio divina, the process of writing in your journal, crafting a story, or drafting a nonfiction essay gets in touch with deep truths, essential facts of life, and brutal honesty.
Like many spiritual practices, writing takes place larger in silence and by yourself. Like spirituality, writing often involves confronting your inner demons, bad past relationships, where you’ve been, and where you think or hope you’re going. Though writing may sound like a breezy, romantic occupation, it’s actually a lot of soul-baring, emotionally draining work.
Many of my favorite authors have written on this wonderful and mysterious process of writing. Here are some of my favorites, holding places on my bookshelves like old friends watching me work and get in that mystical state where the best writing happens.
I’ve read many, many books on the process, craft, and spirituality of writing, but there are my all-time favorites. What are yours?
Happy Writing, Cindy