We all have a calling in life—that thing we’re meant to do. My calling is writing. I’ve worked as a technical writer, business writer, freelance writer, ghost writer, educational writer, journalist and editor.
While each of these jobs has helped develop different writing skills, they are still just jobs, means to a paycheck in a society that requires paychecks for survival. But as anyone who recognizes his or her calling knows, it has nothing to do with social necessity. It comes from the mysterious source that inspires all poets, artists and musicians to create literature, art and music.
Ancient mythologies attribute inspiration to the gods, a perception reflected in the Romantic poets’ belief that inspiration is a matter of being attuned to emanations from the transcendent realm of the Divine. Likewise, the Bible links inspired creativity to the Divine: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God …. Through him all things were created” (John 1:1-3). And while I can’t claim divine inspiration as the source of every word I write, inspired writing is always the goal.
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