first-draft short stories inspired by Scripture

from author & filmmaker paul andrew skidmore

sketches from Scripture illuminate Scripture through everyday storytelling. some entries are metaphoric or allegories, most are simply inspired by the Scripture prompt.

most are first drafts; i do these as exercises a few days a week to stay sharp with my writing skills or experiment with some aspect of writing i’d like to work on. my expertise as both a writer and a theologian are essentially “armchair” level, so please manage your expectations accordingly.

my process is:

  • find a Verse of the Day somewhere for a prompt

  • spend ~25m freewriting about possibilities and sketching out a story

  • spend ~25m writing a very short fiction inspired by the Scripture selection

  • quick edit for spelling & grammar

  • post one weekly

paying subscribers will see more posts, personal posts — images i find beautiful, short films i find engaging, design i find intriguing. i post (or schedule) these as i find them. i hope it surprises your inbox with some unexpected beauty amidst your mundane workday.

but the heart of it all is the stories. i hope you are entertained by them, challenged by them, and inspired by them. you can also see my writing process and how it develops.

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