I. She builds herself a house.
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn her seven pillars. Pro.9:1
It takes forethought and planning to build a sturdy, impressive dwelling.
To hew a pillar she would have had to use force and strength; and then discard the pieces that didn't fit, that didn't add to the beauty or style of what she wanted in the finished product.
It's great to have editors and critique partners, but we must do the real work of writing before we ever share that work with anyone else. We must build it ourselves.
You can have no pity when you're slaughtering something. Either you slaughter the thing cleanly or you've merely injured it, causing a whole lot of pain and suffering. So we slaughter the beast that is of our own making--the very thing we have hewn out and created! We cut, chop, get rid of every last bit that doesn't belong.
And why? Because if we leave waste behind it will rot and spread its nasty odor all over the finished work. (If you can't smell it, don't worry, your reviewers will!) So be ruthless. Slaughter the thing. Then you can have some fun mixing your wine, adding spicy little details that add nuance or depth; getting in that little nugget of truth you almost forgot but which adds the ring of authenticity to your dialogue or message.
"She has sent out her maids, and she calls from the highest point of the city."
Once Wisdom is ready, and only then, does she send out her maids—now is the time to hire hands—to get out her message. She doesn't sit back and expect the guests to magically appear. (This is not a case of, "If you build it, they will come!)" Wisdom isn't passive. She goes purposefully to "the highest point of the city." Why? In order to reach the greatest possible number of people with her message.
"'Let all who are simple come in here!' she says to those who lack judgment."
Don't waste time and energy trying to reach everyone. Tailor your message to your niche and then find the "high point" from which to call. When you call, show the benefits of what you've got, just as Lady Wisdom does:
"Leave your simple ways AND YOU WILL LIVE."
Linore Rose Burkard is best known for historical romance novels with Harvest House Publishers, and now writes YA/Suspense as L.R.Burkard. Linore teaches workshops for writers with Greater Harvest Workshops in Ohio, is a mother of five, and still homeschools her youngest daughter—preferably with coffee in one hand, iPad in the other, and her feet up. Keep up with Linore by subscribing at either of her websites. (Click on her name, above.)