Bible studies for writers

Bible studies for writers | Proverbs 22

As an editor, I couldn’t help but notice the change in verse and tempo starting in verse 17 of this proverb. What the hay? It feels like this section should go at the end of the book of Proverbs to kind of wrap things up. I wonder if King Solomon meant for it to be that way. I wonder if he discusses this regularly with his editors: “I know, guys, the setup is nice and all, but that section was supposed to be at the ennnnd.” As a writer who has worked under editors, I can relate. Sometimes things just don’t end up in print the way we planned. Even so, the meaning isn’t lost, and that’s what matters. That’s something else I’ve learned as an editor and a writer during the years … there are a million ways to say EVERYTHING. Some ways are better than others, yes, but as long as they convey the right meaning – that’s what counts. That’s hard for me to say after years of correcting everyone’s grammar, but after years of working alongside people who write great copy (and sometimes not grammatically correct copy), I know it’s true.

Writing prompt: convey

Convey something in writing today. Then look back over a few sentences and find other or better ways to say a few things from your writing. In other words … edit.


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