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    From My Dear God, excerpts of Flannery O’Connor’s journals she wrote to God while she was at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, in a recent New Yorker:

Please help me to get down under things and find where You are.
Please let Christian principles permeate my writing and please let there be enough of my writing (published) for Christian principles to permeate.
But I do not mean to be clever although I do mean to be clever on 2nd thought and like to be clever & want to be considered so.
I will give up every earthly thing for [grace]. I do not mean becoming a nun.
Please help me dear God to be a good writer and to get something else accepted.
Dear God, tonight it is not disappointing because you have given me a story….Please let the story, dear God, in its revisions, be made too clear for any false & low interpretation.
But dear God, I wish you could take care of making it a sound story because I don’t know how, just like I didn’t know how to write it but it came.
Please give me the necessary grace, oh Lord, and please don’t let it be as hard to get as Kafka made it.
Oh dear God I want to write a novel, a good novel. I want to do this for a good feeling & for a bad one.
I want so to love God all the way. At the same time I want all the things that seem opposed to it—I want to be a fine writer.

    From My Dear God, excerpts of Flannery O’Connor’s journals she wrote to God while she was at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, in a recent New Yorker:

    Please help me to get down under things and find where You are.

    Please let Christian principles permeate my writing and please let there be enough of my writing (published) for Christian principles to permeate.

    But I do not mean to be clever although I do mean to be clever on 2nd thought and like to be clever & want to be considered so.

    I will give up every earthly thing for [grace]. I do not mean becoming a nun.

    Please help me dear God to be a good writer and to get something else accepted.

    Dear God, tonight it is not disappointing because you have given me a story….Please let the story, dear God, in its revisions, be made too clear for any false & low interpretation.

    But dear God, I wish you could take care of making it a sound story because I don’t know how, just like I didn’t know how to write it but it came.

    Please give me the necessary grace, oh Lord, and please don’t let it be as hard to get as Kafka made it.

    Oh dear God I want to write a novel, a good novel. I want to do this for a good feeling & for a bad one.

    I want so to love God all the way. At the same time I want all the things that seem opposed to it—I want to be a fine writer.

     
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