It’s a new year! A time to move forward with fresh goals or recommit to others we haven’t yet reached. As we mentally and emotionally “start over,” what direction will you take?
As writers, we may want to grow in our craft, but I believe at our core, we want to touch people with our words. We desire to make a difference in people’s lives. We may strive to give readers a little escape or entertainment to brighten their days, encouragement during challenging times, or hope when there doesn’t seem to be any in sight.
Last year, I came across “The Writer’s Prayer” in the book Acceptable Words: Prayers for the Writer. It expressed everything I felt in my heart—everything I yearned to accomplish through my own written words. Since then, I’ve returned to this prayer before hitting the keyboard.
Because I believe this prayer carries power, I wanted to share it with you. Thanks to the author, Sandy Tritt, for allowing me to post it here today. May you, too, find it a blessing. ~ Dawn
The Writer's Prayer
Open my mind, Lord.
Grant me the talent to write with clarity and style
So my words go down rich and smooth like fine wine
And leave my reader thirsty for more.
Open my heart, Lord.
Grant me the sensitivity to understand my characters
—their hopes, their wants, their dreams—
And help me to confer that empathy to my reader.
Open my soul, Lord,
So I may be a channel to wisdom and creativity
From beyond my Self.
Stoke my imagination with vivid imagery and vibrant perception.
But most of all, Lord,
Help me to know the Truth,
So my fiction is more honest than actuality
And reaches the depths of my reader's soul.
Wrap these gifts with opportunity, perseverance,
And the strength to resist those who insist it can't be done.
© 1999 Sandy Tritt. All rights reserved. www.InspirationForWriters.com
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Sandy Tritt, the founder and CEO of Inspiration for Writers, Inc., an international editing and critiquing service, is a writer, ghostwriter, editor and speaker. She is a past president of West Virginia Writers, Inc., and the Ohio Valley Literary Group. She was the recipient of the 2002 Artsbridge Arts Award for Writing and the 2008 West Virginia Writers’ J.U.G. (Just Uncommonly Good) Award for mentoring writers. The author of Everything I Know (Headline Books), Inspiration for Writers Tips
and Techniques Workbook, and seven technical
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manuals (Phoenix Software, Atlanta, GA), she has also ghostwritten several nonfiction books, six novels and two screenplays. Her short stories have received many awards and have appeared in various literary magazines.
To learn more or connect with Sandy, please visit:
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