Articles about Spirituality

How to Make Your Writing Spiritual
By:Jacob Malewitz

God is a big word to use anymore. It doesn’t have to be said. It can be higher power for addicts in 12-step programs, or Great Creator for creative writers wondering where there ideas are coming from. It can be a big word to use, but it can also lead a writer toward spirituality. This article will guide you in the direction of making your works more spiritual, not for profit, but for pleasure (even if profit comes too).

Define your beliefs.
You first need to define your beliefs, where you are with certain words, whether you believe in something or anything. What you believe matters in the world, so let it out, even the angry thoughts. But you need to come to an understanding of exactly what you believe. You can sit down and say a prayer while you are blocked as a writer, for example.

Find where you are with yourself.
When you are blocked as a writer, do you ever consider asking for spiritual help? It can even come in the form of another person. Most of us know someone, maybe a writer, with a strong spiritual belief. This kind of person can help you find exactly what you believe. This doesn’t mean pretending to believe or pretending to be interested in faith—it’s more about defining your feelings. You can discover this by doing things like journaling or writing letters.

Write letters.
A useful strategy for making contact with a higher power is to write a letter to him. Just sit down and write a letter. No big deal, right? Well, this letter will be the basis for your developing spiritual writing. Don’t be afraid to say what you want in this letter. You can try it once a day or once a week, whatever works for you. There is no wrong way to do it. The right way is to just sit down and say something. This allows you to explore your mind as a writer.

You can also journal on spirituality.
Maybe you grew up under overbearing, highly religious parents. Maybe you hate the idea you need to go to a church for real prayer. Say all these things—all your angers—in the pages of a journal. Successful spiritual writer Julia Cameron is a perfect example of this. By journaling she found her faith, beat addiction, and started a new writing career.

Explore a character’s belief system.
Lastly, you can have a little fun, if you aren’t already. Exploring fiction characters, whether they find themselves in your poetry, short stories, novels, screenplays or anything else, can enlighten you on your own thoughts on spiritual matters. If you want to write on spirituality, exploring something you created can help you understand your own version of a higher power in your life. You can be bad and have characters with no belief systems—anti-heroes who drink and smoke all they want. Or, instead of an opposite of you, you can have someone where you would like to be. The power of fiction is in your pen.