Words are the means to meaning and the enunciation of truth...
Open my mind and grant me the talent to write with clarity and style,
so my words go down rich and smooth, like fine wine,
and leave my reader thirsty for more. Open my heart and grant me
the sensitivity to understand my characters - their hopes, their
wants, their dreams - and help me to confer that empathy to my reader.
Open my soul so I may be a channel to wisdom and creativity
from beyond myself. Stoke my imagination with vivid imagery
and vibrant perception. But most of all, help me to know the Truth,
so my fiction is more powerful and honest than actuality and
reaches the depths of my reader's soul. Wrap these gifts with
opportunity, perseverance, and the strength to resist those
who insist it can't be done. Amen.