The First Five Things Every Spirituality Writer Needs to Know


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