How I Begin Each Writing Session

A Special Prayer to Get Things Going

Know thyself. Know thine enemy. Know thine help.

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭121:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The third and final book of Stephen Pressfield’s The War of Art* counters Resistance with Assistance, a transcendent reality/being that is the source of all creative endeavors. All things already exist as the Platonic ideal on another plane, and need to be called into this realm.

I trust that God wishes to bring some of these things into being through me, a uniquely gifted individual. But how will I do it? Pressfield suggests paying homage the Muse, a la The Iliad and The Odyssey, to start every creative session, to get help.

I like it.

Here’s my invocation, a tweak on the Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father

Who art in Heaven

Hallowed be thy name

Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day [Assistance]

Forgive us our trespasses

As we forgive those who trespass against us

Lead us not into temptation

Deliver us from [Resistance]

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

For ever and ever


I will, with God’s help.

*See posts on first and second books.

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