As anyone who reads this blog knows, I have been asking Spirit the same question for some time. I want to know if I am going to write another book. I want to know how I'm going to write it. I want to know when.
My life has changed a lot since I began chasing Spirit on an almost full-time basis. The fiction that I used to write so prolifically just doesn't flow the way it once did. I have been adrift in terms of my writing career. I have stumbled off the creative path and I am having trouble getting back to where I started.
One thing is certain. As much as I want to write on Spirit, I'm not comfortable with the kind of nonfiction that tells other people what to do or think. This is because I don't know the answers, at least not definitively. Spirit is my teacher and I have learned some amazing lessons. But I know my role. I am still, and may always be, very much a student.
This has made writing a full length spiritual nonfiction manuscript agonizingly hard. So hard that I've been thinking I should just give up on the idea altogether. And then, a book came along and changed things - as books so often do. That book is called "You Can't Make This Stuff Up " and it is written by Lee Gutkind.
Gutkind is an amazing teacher and a truly inspiring writer. His book served as introduction to something which has, in a manner of speaking, been hiding in plain site. Creative nonfiction.
Creative nonfiction is a genre. It is lyrical and it is factual and it allows for the exploration of our own subjective truth. It a new name for an old friend. It is Hemmingway and it is The New Yorker. Reintroduced, I feel I have come home.
Gutkind does much more than define creative nonfiction, however. He teaches this new / old genre with incredible subtlety and insight. While he is at it, he teaches writing, too. And that is no small feat.
Thanks to Lee Gutkind, I am redefining the way I write. Which is not to say that I have decided exactly what I want to say or just how I'm going to say it. That book, as a whole, continues to elude me. When I ask Spirit for specifics, I'm told that the worst is behind me and the prize is ahead. In the interim, I write.
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