What Might the Spirit Give Us?

Most obviously the spirit may give us lines that are either clearly or subtly profound and perhaps original, such as Dimitri Karamazov’s, “Only how is he [anyone] going to be good without God? That’s the question. I always come back to that. For whom is man going to love then? To whom will he be thankful?” That inspired question given to Feodor Dostoyevski resonated in my thoughts for weeks.

And the spirit might give us metaphors, such as Olga Savitsky so frequently heard and employed. Here’s one I’ll probably never forget: “Puny faith is like a rusty zipper.”

Maybe even some nonsense comes from the spirit, to lighten our hearts, such as Lewis Carroll’s “Kaloo kaley, we’ll eat today like cabbages and kings.”

The spirit may help us with structure or guide us to the right place in our story to use a certain thought or image, so that it can achieve the greatest impact.

The spirit may even provide a theme or epic narrative that will define our life’s work.

William Butler Yeats proposed that for each of us there may exist one archetypal story or explanatory myth that, being understood, might clarify all we do and think, and so explain our destiny.

From Writing and the Spirit. Read it all.


  1. Yes! Many times I am writing and am amazed when I look back at a passage. I don’t remember writing it or thinking about how I should write it, but it’s a good line. Those times reinforce the Spirit’s very active presence in my life and is one of the main joys of being a writer.

  2. Hi Ken, I noticed the invitation to re-blog, but cannot figure how to use your app. If you don’t mind, I did re-blog on my Best of Inspired Fiction blog at inspiredfictionbooks.com and left a link back to your site. If this is satisfactory to you, please let me know and I will publish the blog and possibly some in the future. Thank you, Cheryl

    1. Cheryl,

      Did I miss replying to your post all this time?

      A thousand apologies.

      Also, could you alert me to the issue with re-blogging. I’m a semi-moron tech wise.

      Happy day, Ken

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