Are you enjoying the recaps of David’s reign? I am. Ezra does a good job of summarizing stories and adding a little pizazz to each one. I wonder if he considered his own writing style when jotting down these lines. Probably not. I rarely consider my own writing style. It just is what it is, and it comes out how it comes out. I never even realized I had a writing style until I started attending writing groups. If you’ve never done this, do it! It’s fascinating and will open your eyes to writing and all that goes with it. I took a poem to a new group once, and after reading it, one of the group members, who happened to be British, said to me after reading it – in kind of a condescending tone, “It’s very American.” I just sat staring at him for a second trying to decide how I was supposed to take his comment, and then it hit me, so I responded with my thought. “Well, I am very American,” I said. And American is how I write. But that really was the first time I actually recognized my own writing style – and embraced it. And if we could read the original text of 1 Chronicles, we’d probably get a little different feel for Ezra’s style, too, but I love how it’s translated in my NLT version. It’s friendly, yet accurate. It tells stories while also observing history. I didn’t really talk much about the content of today’s text, and I’m not going to, either. I think once in a while it’s ok to concentrate on the deliverance of a message, rather than the message itself, because in doing that, we often find a whole new message!
Writing prompt: writing style
What’s your writing style? If you don’t know, share some of your work with us or with friends in your writing circle and ask for some feedback. If you don’t have a writing circle, maybe today is a good day to join one … or start your own!