Writing as a spiritual activity

While I was writing The Witch of Portobello, the main character Athena started to unfold in such an unexpected way thanks to its structure.

It was as if I was chasing after her: I had no idea how her story would end but got really excited by the opportunities that aroused from the different perspectives.

At one point in my book, the character of Nabeel Al Ehi teaches Athena the following:

Even a simple letter demands that we put all power into it that we have, as if we were to carve its meaning in hard stone.

Thus, when holy scripts find their place on paper, they also include the person’s soul.

Because the hand leading the line reflects the soul of the writer.

In this excerpt, he voices my view on writing. I regard writing as a spiritual activity.

It’s the moment, when, in silence, I’m able to talk to myself, to connect to my soul. But you can apply that to any act performed with commitment, humility and love.

— Paulo Coelho

Posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog.

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2 Responses to “Writing as a spiritual activity”

  1. pkg Says:

    It is quite true. Writing is a spiritual activity. It is like conversing with your soul and then sharing it with others. If the writing is honest it is definitely spiritual.

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