You are driving along as part of your daily commute when a sudden urge to re-route overtakes you. Instead of your normal drive home, you opt for a longer, more scenic route.
Hours later you learn of a tragic accident that occurred on that daily stretch of road at precisely the same time you would have been there.
Call it a gut check or psychic intuition – however, you name it – a person’s intuition is an intangible, oh-so-subtle thing that should be heeded.
For writers, following your intuition is key to enriching your narrative.
Here is what some writers have had to say on the matter:
If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
I believe every part of our beings that is deeper than the surface is spiritual. We can call it different names, but I experience being in touch with God who directs my emotions and feelings. The more raw honesty I bring to the page, the better the writing.
–Rebecca Farnbach, author and historian
Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be Revelation.
–Eileen Caddy, spiritual teacher and new age author
I’ve really learned to listen to the characters and to allow the story to develop at its own pace. It’s a dance, a romance. There should be a constant edge of surprise and hopefulness in the process of discovering the characters, their desires, motivations and flaws. IPoet and English professor Don H. Bogen writes that authors should have a “growing awareness that the [story] is not so much coming out of nowhere but revealing its inner architecture, its own sense of how it wants to speak.”
Yeah, I’m definitely a spiritual writer. I know this because sometimes I write things in fantasies and then discover that they are happening to me in my real life. This is kind of eerie! A big example is that I wrote about a tree where my main character has visions. Several years later, I discovered that I love meditating under the old growth redwoods where I live. They really calm me down and beam me up! After a while, I realized I was having dreamy images and visions, just like Lark.
–Ellen Davidson, children’s author
Intuition is the clear concept of the whole at once.
–Johann Kaspar Lavater
The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept.
Kerri S. Mabee