Writing, I suspect, is one way we can inhabit that liminal space right before prayer becomes prayer.
Every story has a hidden life—a soul, if you will. How writers tend this soul significantly affects our work and our well-being. This tending is really active listening. It’s both willful, sprung from the self, and responsive, heeding that life-force beyond the story and its readership.
Contemplation is our central task as writers, and as human beings.