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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Proverbs and My Writing Journey

I was reading Proverbs this morning, and I came across some verses that really speak to me as a writer (though I realize that was not the original intent), with regard to my writing journey. 

Proverbs 13:10
Where there is strife, there is pride,
    but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

When I first started writing, it's sad to say, but I was sort of prideful of my work and didn't take criticism well. As I learned to accept criticism and gained wisdom about how to write a novel, my writing improved. 

Again, God reminded me of my writer's journey. 

Proverbs 13:13
Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,
    but whoever respects a command is rewarded.

Proverbs 15:32

Those who disregard discipline despise themselves,
    but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.

To grow as a writer, one has to accept instruction and correction from others. 

  • Not all revisions from other writers are necessary, but at least try to keep an open mind when receiving instruction from others. As you grow as a writer, you will learn which changes to make and which changes to reject. A good rule of thumb is if you receive the same comment on your writing from several other writers, then the comment is probably valid. 
  • Continually be open to learning more about the craft of writing. Read articles and books on writing, take classes on writing, and read books in your genre as well as other genres. Even published authors have to do this, or their writing suffers. 
My current WIP is about two federal agents in Cincinnati. I'm at a standstill, and I've given the manuscript to someone I trust to review it and point out flow/pacing issues for me. Why you ask? Because I'm too close to the manuscript right now. I need someone else to help point out my mistakes. Everyone does! 

Writers, be open to correction and instruction from others, and I think you'll see a difference in the way you write! 

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