As I sat at my computer going over a manuscript, I found myself not wanting to cut any of the words that I had so painstakingly written down earlier. The problem was, I NEEDED to cut some words. The story was dragging and the plot was about to founder, and if I didn’t cut something out so that I could take the story on a slightly different route, the ship–er, story–was going to sink.
The thing I had to remind myself was that not all of my words were important. Some carried the plot aloft, others dropped it flat. If they weren’t good lines, or were just fillers, then let them be axed.
That got me thinking about the Bible. About how God has no extra words–no fillers–in his word to us. In Mathew it says, “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”
As I struggle to come up with just the right words for my stories, I need to remember that God already gave me just the right Word.