A Short Prayer for Freelance Writers

Carol Tice

A freelance writer exults in prayerI’m just back from a religious retreat where we were encouraged to compose our own prayers.

Reading all the inspiring and uplifting thoughts our group came up with made me think there should be a prayer for freelance writers.

Shouldn’t there be? I’ve never seen one!

Of course, it’s easier to do this sort of thing while you’re still at a relaxing camp with others in a group to help you.

Doing this on my own, I found it was hard to keep it short! There are so many aspects to the freelance writing life in which we might ask for divine help.

Here’s what I came up with:

Just for today, let me be compassionate with myself.

I forgive myself for not writing enough, or well enough, or fast enough.

I am thankful today for my unique creative gifts. Instead of dwelling on regrets about what I haven’t accomplished yet, I will focus on what I can do now to develop my craft.

Let me take at least one, small step today to put my writing out there.

When my query letters go unanswered, I will remain serene and remember that it’s often not about me or my writing.

I will listen and learn from people whose feedback I value, but trust that my most important guiding voice and source of confidence as a writer lies within.

When opportunities arise, let me evaluate them with clear eyes and have the wisdom to pass if the gig isn’t right for me. I will not let feelings of panic or desperation lead me to make bad choices, but trust that if I do my marketing, the right gigs will come to me.

Because the people who matter to me are important, I will strive to set aside device-free time today in which I am fully present for them.

I will make time to move my body, stay healthy, and take in the beauty that surrounds me. I know it will fuel more creativity.

Grant that I lie down in peace tonight, grateful for the chance I’ve had today to write, to grow, and to send my message out into the world.

What is your prayer for freelance writers? Add yours in the comments.

92 Comments

  1. Cindy

    Thanks so much for the prayer. I needed it yesterday when I sent off my first emails to editors to try and get my past parenting articles published as reprints. By the time I ended the day and settled into a meditation time I was pretty discouraged–okay, I felt really awful about myself. Then I had the thought, “I am beautiful. I am smart. I will persevere.” and I smiled. My spirits immediately lifted. We need to remember that we are all beautiful spiritual beings and not allow our identities to be shaped by whether editors return our queries!
    I write a blog about meditation through wordpress (www.memindful.com). I get discouraged when there isn’t much traffic. I had one post about depression after Robin Williams died that generated a lot of interest. I thought, “Wow, I’m on my way!” but the next post (that I really loved) on sacred spaces just sat there. I will be exploring ways to improve traffic to my blog. i’d love for you to check out my blog! I think we may have similar spiritual leanings.
    FYI: I would like to canonize you as Patron Saint of Freelance Writers! Truly you are a blessing to all of us!

    • Carol Tice


      Cindy…to learn more about how to grow your blog, I can recommend A-List’s Kickstart Your Blog course — check it out on the Products I Love tab up top. A-List is where I learned to grow this blog.

      They would help you learn about how to figure out your audience, focus your blog to serve readers, and get it growing.

      And…I’m not a saint. I promise. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But glad so many people found this prayer useful!

  2. Ariel

    Hello Carol,
    Perhaps I have missed it on your blog, but I am wondering do you have any golden tips on how to write a query letter. What things should I put in there and what things should I leave out? I know absolutely nothing at all about to how to write a strong query letter. Would you please direct me to the resources you have already created pertaining to this topic and I would be glad to hear any advice you can offer me.

    Thank you again so much for your time and for helping all of those looking to build a career in this industry. You blog and resources are SO helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Carol Tice

      Ariel, it’s so funny you ask — I’m teaching my Pitch Clinic course with Linda Formichelli right now, which is focused on exactly that! We’ve packed *all* our query tips and best practices into the class.

      You can check it out here: http://usefulwritingcourses.com/pitch-clinic. We ‘officially’ closed registration yesterday, but if you want to join the class email me at carol@caroltice.com and I’ll get you in.

  3. Lindsey

    Thanks for posting this – I’m not a prayer person, but some of the lines in here really hit home. I’m working on the second draft of my novel, and it can be easy to beat myself up about not writing enough – after a long day of freelancing. I just wrote a freelancer’s manifesto for myself that I hope will help me get through the more challenging days, but I’m pinning this for inspiration too!

  4. Benjamin

    Wow this is really inspiring. Thank you for the wonderful prayer.

  5. Luana Spinetti

    It was a real blessing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for it, Carol!

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