My art professors when I was in college used to say, "don't stick with the first thing that falls out of your pencil." In fact, we would often be required to make ten alternative sketches before choosing the direction of our art piece. We need to learn to be okay with throwing out work that is bad, and moving on to something that is good that God has for us.
When drawing comics, I used to say on bad drawing days, that the best thing to do was to draw. I joked that I was "flushing the bad drawings out of my pencil to get to the good stuff." Sometimes we need to write the bad stuff out of us to clear the way for the good stuff God wants us to write. But it's important not to confuse the bad writing for the good writing, otherwise, we can focus on the bad and abandoned the true jewel God had in store just around the corner.
Learning to listen to God's guidance about what is worth saving, and what isn't, takes time. We often educate our taste by getting used to writing that is in bad taste. It's like a chef who cooks bad food and gets used to the taste. He or she will start to make more bad food since he or she sees that taste as "normal" or even "good". Surround yourself with good writing: whether in TV shows, books, audio dramas, or your friends' writing. If your friends aren't good cooks with their words, don't ruin your taste buds by sampling their confections. And most importantly, surround yourself with the greatest writing of them all: the Holy Bible. Allow the Holy Spirit (the greatest friend and writing teacher of them all) to guide you and your words, both written and spoken.
In summary, don't be afraid to write what you are feeling to get that junk out of you. But don't be afraid to throw that junk away afterward, that's the only reason why junk is drawn out of you in the first place. And be sure to let Jesus guide your writing because He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. Amen.
What are some of your your writing tips for getting rid of 'throw away' writing? Let me know if the comments below!
In Christ Jesus,