Big Foot, Grief Journals, and other Spiritual Memoir Concepts:
It’s always interesting to talk to indie authors, as a lot of them want to explore spiritual concepts in their writing. There are those who have had big revelations, visions, and things like that and want to share it, but it’s more common for me to meet authors writing grief memoirs. These tend to be spiritual in nature, even if they lack a religious theme and are more nature-centered. Both grief memoirs and the kind of spiritual books that are based on something “revelation” oriented interest me, as it’s always fascinating to learn how different people see the world. Then, again, I also count memoirs about alien abductions and other supernatural type experiences as spiritual in nature.
I’ve had clients who find meaning in everything. I mean, every stick and blade of grass seems to have been placed exactly where it is by God to indicate something meaningful to them. I’m open to the concept, you see, because what I think is irrelevant. I’m just here as a ghostwriter to help clients express their own spiritual beliefs without superimposing mine over them. I have to admit, the most interesting spiritual concepts people ask me to explore in ghost writing center around unusual experiences they’ve had and just can’t forget.
For instance, I know a guy who experienced a big-foot sighting that affected him permanently.
Now, Big Foot isn’t “spiritual” per se, but it is unusual and maintains a basis more in belief than fact. Sure, photos and videos have been taken, but definitive, repeatable proof of the existence of Sasquatch is yet to be found. Thus, I think this topic falls under a spiritual concept, yet one that’s worthy of exploring in writing, for sure. There are those who have seen images of Jesus and the Virgin Mary on the side of a piece of toast and others who have gone into trances and experienced being spoken to by God or angels or some other entity. In fact, if you ask around, you’ll find such experiences are a lot more common than you probably think.
When something like that happens, something you just can’t explain, people don’t forget it.
In fact, sometimes such experiences drive people mad. But writing a book or having a memoir about the incident ghostwritten can be incredibly helpful because it really lets clients examine their experience. In my interview process, I often ask them piercing questions that help them get to the bottom of the experience and remember every detail. When we put it all in writing and the client examines the topic, whether it’s a spiritual concept or an unexplainable-phenomenon, this tends to really help people feel more grounded in what they believe the incident meant and what, if anything, they should do about it.
Grief memoirs are the same. Sometimes someone’s death seems deeply meaningful. Other times it feels random, which is another thing that can drive people mad. Either way, examining it well enough to pen a memoir on the topic is both helpful to them and instructive to me. In this job, I just never know what interesting new viewpoint I’ll learn about next.