Sometimes, the act of writing is exhilarating. Â It’s like running through a meadow with the wind in your hair, wild and weightless.
And sometimes, it’s like unpacking an entire moving van and hauling the boxes to a fourth-floor walkup.
That’s why I really like these words Â from the writer Madeline L’Engle:
For me, to work on a book is the same thing as to pray. Â Both involve that unpopular word discipline. If an artist works only when he feels like it, he’s not Â apt to build up a body of work. Â Inspiration comes far more often during work, as things get rolling, than before you sit at the typewriter. Â This is because the largest part of the job of the artist is to listen. Â To listen to the work and to go where it tells you to go. And this involves faith. Â Letting go of your own control and having faith in something you do not control.
To pray is also to listen. Â To move through my own chattering to God, to get beyond those Â words to that place where I can be silent and then listen to what God may have to say.
Excerpt from Madeline L’Engle, Herself: Reflections on a Writing Life, edited by Carole F. Chase.