A few years ago, I showed up at my writing group with a chapter of my novel and something I wrote about myself. The group (the Rainwriters) had a lot to say about the novel chapter, most of it critical. But they loved the little thing I wrote about myself.
Week after week, month after month this went on. They liked the writing about myself, but had a lot of suggestions about the novel. One woman said, “Ed, your novel is okay, but these stories about yourself are your best writing ever.”
I believed her and put together my themed autobiography, Once a Priest, the theme being that priesthood continued in my life minus religion. the church and the roman collar. Even the title came from a man in the group. (A sub-text message is to find a good writing group or start one. It can make a big difference in your writing life)
Once a Priest is:
- About a man finding himself, not a book about religion.
- About carrying things of value from the church, not a book about being a priest.
- About seeking the transcendent, the spiritual, not a book about what people said in confession.
Once a Priest is:
- About Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery
- About a thirty-two year old man, a virgin, beginning to date
- About running for political office – and winning
- About getting married and having a family
- About starting a business without knowing anything about the business
- About moving to a new country
- About teaching writing in prison
- About living with cancer.
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