I've been asked to write a short article on the spiritual lessons I've gleaned from reading fantasy/sci-fi.
I thought about just writing about my experience with one series, but that whole series taught me so much there's no way I could cram it all into a 500 word article (or even a 5,000 word article).
I'm having a difficult time trying to condense all I've learned into a succinct piece that will hopefully enable people to think about what they learn from what they read.
What do I focus on? What do I save for another article? How should I begin? How should I end? Which books should I discuss?
And the scarier questions: What will people think? Will they laugh at me? Will they want to talk to me about their own personal journey through literature?
Really, though, I've boiled everything down to the following:
I can talk on something I'm passionate about. Someone is giving me the opportunity to share experiences that have changed my life.
It's an incredible opportunity and, while scary, ultimately worth the frenzied re-writes and ideas thrown out and the exhaustion (and relief) I'll feel once the article's submitted.
I might post some of it here once it's done, or at least post a link to the online version of the newsletter.
I'm almost done reading The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice, and I'm re-reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone...so next time I should have something awesome to discuss.
Have you experienced a moment while reading a book where you suddenly felt enlightened?