The Writing Life
by Sandy Tritt
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
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
Wrap these gifts
with opportunity, perseverance, and
the strength to resist those who
insist it can't be done.
Amen. ~ Sandy Tritt
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