Bible studies for writers

Bible studies for writers | Judges 8

We just saw Gideon go from timid kid, hiding in a winepress, threshing wheat, to dead in the grave in three chapters. Blows my mind. Sometimes I think about stories I’ve written or read, and to me, they seem 10 chapters long because of all the events contained in them, but when I go back and look at them again, they are usually like a page … or less. I get frustrated with myself sometimes, too, for disregarding these stories on the second read-through, thinking they are too short, or dumb, or not worth writing at all. Do you do that? I’m so thankful people do it and don’t have the same attitude as me. I’m so thankful Samuel did this! We’ve already seen two great stories (Deborah and Gideon) packed into just a few pages. I love Judges for this reason. It’s action-packed, full of info and seems to “go fast,” if you know what I mean. Events and time really move in Judges, so be sure to stay on top of that timeline if you can. According to my calculations, we are about 200-ish years after the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land.

Writing prompt: 200 years

Think about all that happened in the 200 years after the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land. Now think about all that has happened in the last 200 years wherever you are. Some things you think about will be known globally. Some things will only be known and felt locally. Write about some big changes from your community/country/planet that have happened in the last two centuries. See if you can write like Samuel!


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