Author Haven, questions the wisdom of turning off your inner editor. Do you think editing as you write hinders your creativity or helps it?
Walrus and the Carpenter, shares how the Book of Isaiah can help us with descriptive writing.
Have you learned any writing lessons from Scripture? We'd love to hear about them.
Have a blessed weekend!
I read Jean's post and it was wonderful. God's word is there at just the right timing. :O)
Editing as I write definitely has an impact on my writing. I've been battling with my internal editor lately :) Have a great weekend!
Hhmm... writing lessons from scripture??? Good question, I think I definitely learned some things: the form is not that important, but the content is! There can be wisdom or encouragement in poetry, in songs, in fiction, in letters, in meditations, in prayers... in anything really!!!
Hi Diane -
I thought everyone might find her post inspiring. As I read through Scripture, I take note of the writing style. Truly amazing!
Hi Cindy -
I do some editing as I write the first draft. It's unavoidable. If I see something wrong, I MUST correct it.
Hi Marja -
I love the word pictures in Scripture. Unfortunately, people sometimes take the picture and expand it way beyond what it was intended and lose the original meaning. For example, I've seen this happen with the 23rd Psalm.
I came to know the power of Hebrews 4.12 (NASB): "For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." The Bible is not just a book of stories. With the Holy Spirit in our lives, the Bible becomes a living force that transforms our hearts, souls and minds to respond and act according to God's will.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hmm... Perhaps I need to revisit Isaiah. Any particular chapters? I've not thought of scripture as a lesson for writing. The Bible has lessons for everything in life... why not writing?
I think editing as I write hinders me. I get too caught up the grammar that I lose the flow.
I have always felt that the Isaiah scrpiture about women was very vivid. Some of the psalms take my breath away with the beauty of the words. Other than Bible inspiration, I think the exercises Jean gives will help writers be more descriptive.
Hi Alisa -
Amen! Well said!
Hi Lily -
If you check out the post, you'll find the chapters and her take on them. :)
Hi Nancy -
Yes, she did an great job. When I read Scripture, I'm mindful of any writing lessons I can glean besides life lessons.
Thanks for linking to my blog.
I'm like Janalyn. My inner editor is always working when I write. I like to write a chapter, then let it rest a bit and then edit. It helps to keep me focused and makes my final edit easier.
Hi Jean -
I tend to re-read and do a bit of editing before moving forward.
Thanks so much for sharing these posts. I especially appreciated Janalyn's insights about the inner editor. So very helpful, ... and liberating!
Hi Susan -
We do get tied in knots over "rules," don't we? I'm glad the article was liberating.
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