Having read many proposals and edited scores of manuscripts written on spirituality, I can with confidence offer five statements that are nearly always true when it comes to composing a work that will connect with the reader.
- Nothing makes up for poor craftsmanship.
- Save teaching for the classroom and preaching for the pulpit.
- Fiction is about storytelling, not teaching.
- The reader becomes engaged when she has to do some of the work.
- Personal writing must be transformed in order to work as public writing.
from “The Art of Spiritual Writing” by Vinita Hampton Wright, Loyola Press