Proverbs 31 for Writers

The Writer Who Fears the Lord

 A Thematic Paraphrase of Proverbs  31:10-31
[Note: Proverbs 31 speaks traditionally to women, so I have retained the  female emphasis. If you’re a guy, don’t feel neglected–I think you’ll find inspiration in this paraphrase as well.]

               An excellent writer who can find?
               She is far more valuable than a mere hack.

               The heart of her readers trusts in her,
               And will profit from spending time in her books.

               She does readers good, and not harm
               With everything she pens.

               She seeks knowledge, tools and methods,
               And writes with willing hands.

               She scours the web and other sources like a researcher 
               of old,
               And gathers her facts and data.

               She works at all hours if need be,
               To provide for the needs of her readers,
               As well as for her agent or editor.

               She considers a story idea and writes it,
               And plants the seeds of her thoughts into rich fields 
               of fiction.

               She dresses herself for success,
               And keeps herself healthy so she can work–and network.

               She sees that her work brings profit,
               And stays alert to new ideas, even at night.

               She seats herself before a keyboard or paper,
               And purposely puts her hand to writing.

               She shares her tricks of the trade with students,
               And makes herself available for unpublished writers.

               She worries not about the trashy books in the market,
               She knows that her own work will satisfy a soul.

               She carves out space in which to write,
               She designs a comfortable and lovely “office” for 
               her own use.

               Her readers are discerning and wise,
               They occupy the highest offices and respectable posts.

               She crafts fine stories or articles and sells them,
               She delivers manuscripts to magazines, agents
               and publishers.

               Capability and dependability are her clothing,
               And she laughs at the thought of failure.

               She opens her mouth with wisdom,
               And teaching, with kindness, is on her tongue.

               She looks well to the state of her manuscripts 
               and projects,
               And does not eat the bread of idleness.

               Her readers rise up and call her blessed;
               Her publisher also, and he praises her:

               “Many writers have done excellently,
               but you surpass them all.”

               Writing to please the market, and banking on worldly
               success is vain,

               but a woman who fears the Lord and writes what 
               He inspires, is to be praised.

               Let her be the first to enjoy her works,
                And let her reputation and book sales skyrocket in 
                the market.

copyright 2015 Linore Rose Burkard

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Which verse most speaks to your writer’s heart today? Which one are you working on? Leave a comment and let us know!

                                               UPCOMING: New contemporary romance from Linore.


A perfect summer read 

A simple visit home turns into anything but that when Sharona Davidson finds herself getting involved with the locals. First, it’s the Ladies’ Summer Club, whose members are only slightly less crazy than she is. Then, it’s Jason Colden, muscle man and swim coach extraordinaire–though she does everything she can to keep him at arm’s length.  Before the summer ends, whether it’s friendship, faith, or something deeper–Sharona is undeniably falling in!  

                               Available:  June 2015

Linore Rose Burkard is
best known for historical regency romance with Harvest House Publishers,
including Before the Season Ends, the award-winning The House in Grosvenor Square, and, The Country House Courtship. As a writer noted for
meticulous research as well as bringing people to life on the page, Linore’s
books delight fans of historical romance with humor in the vein of Georgette Heyer and Austen-like
manners.  Linore teaches workshops for writers with Greater Harvest
Workshops in Ohio, is a homeschooling mother of five, and has recently finished
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