To gain a fuller perspective of what’s out there, I’ve started a survey entitled “What does it mean to be an Orthodox Christian writer?” It begins with demographic questions and then moves into genre- and writing-specific sections. It also inquires into participants’ views on the intersection(s) between writing and Orthodox faith or spiritual disciplines. There are no right or wrong answers; the purpose is to gain a bigger picture of what’s out there.
During this Lenten season, we are all engaged in spiritual struggle of one kind or another, and it seems a good moment to share what I've learned in the last five years about the intersection of creativity, struggle, and media publishing. With this goal, I've created a list of five hard lessons we all seem to encounter on our way to producing high-quality books and podcasts. If you have already been published, this list will be familiar. If you are still trying to be published, it may be even more familiar! I pray it will be helpful, no matter which side of that fence you occupy.
Frederica Mathewes Green and her granddaughter Hannah talk to Georgia Briggs about writing, editing, Christian persecution, being special, and more!
My adventure to the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting conference began the Monday before, as I lay with my arms above my head, hearing the words of the CT technician, “I promise, no matter what you feel, you will not pee yourself.”
Storytelling is a characteristic feature of our Orthodox Tradition. It is an ancient and effective means of sharing high ideals, universal truths, with common man through images and examples relative to his experience in daily life. Not only is our history replete with books full of stories about holy desert dwellers, repentant sinners, sayings and anecdotes of anchorites and hermits, but the Gospel itself, Christ’s own teachings, are dispensed in the form of story, in parables.
These were people who tended to get stuck, somehow, in the middle of their writing—they’d written themselves into a corner and didn’t know how to get out. I loved helping get these these clients putting words on paper again. The ability to tell one’s story is a powerful facet of the human experience, and when that can’t happen--for whatever reasons--it can be deadening.
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