There’s a document in my files called “Darlings”. It’s a collection of all the beloved sentences and paragraphs I had to remove from the original piece in which I wrote them, but I couldn’t bear to delete them and have them disappear forever. I have yet to find a new home for them. So they patiently sit and wait in my “Darlings” document.
“Kill your darlings” is famous writing advice. It sounds horrific, but it’s just the necessary yet painful act of removing some of your darling words from the piece you’re working on because they just don’t fit. I’ve seen a lot of chatter recently about this common struggle. You’ll see some below.
Also, last week on the blog: How to Avoid Spiritual Eye Strain With Multi-Focal Lenses.
On Writing For God’s Glory
THE COURAGE TO KILL OUR DARLING WORDS | LARA D’ENTREMONT
“One of the hardest practices for me is to backspace and cut words from my writing… I’ve grown attached to them—every single comma and period… But what if this resistance is what keeps me from becoming a better writer?”
MUST I KILL ALL MY LITTLE DARLINGS? (A WRITER’S PRAYER) | BOB HOSTETLER
A similar lament, but as poetry.
Bible Reading, Bible Study & Personal Devotions
SO YOU WANT TO BE A WOMAN OF THE WORD? + FREE BIBLE STUDY | MICHELE MORIN
Inspired by a book written by a true woman of the Word, Michele wondered, “How does she do it?” As she dug deeper, she learned what a true woman of the Word looks like and how you can become one.
WHY DOES GROWING CLOSER TO GOD SEEM SO BORING? | CHRIS MORPHEW
The disciplines we know are beneficial to our spiritual growth often feel like a struggle. Chris explores personality, practice, and priorities as possible reasons.
“Perhaps the most important step toward committed Bible study is throwing your idea of a ‘quiet time’ out the window.” Amy shares five practical suggestions to show that “consistent Bible reading doesn’t require you to become a time management expert.”