I try to always get it verbatim.
It somewhat random order, here is an answer to your questions:
It helps me to break up longer verses into smaller sections to create more, but smaller stories as I wrote about above. This helps get it into my memory so I can review it from there rather than just reviewing by reading it from the Bible.
But some verses I find hard to do that with so I just take the time and do it by rote. After a bit of time I find that I can usually come up with an oddball story for even the tough verses.
A couple of keys for me were:
1. Come up with a word picture for the first 2 or 3 words of the verse if possible. That helps me get going on the verse and the rest follows along quite nicely.
2. Think about the passage so your oddball stories connect from verse to verse. I used to get stuck on just finding word pictures to fit into an oddball story but that backfired because then I lost the context of what I was remembering.
eg. Verse 11 starts out with " seeking the…" and I had this great word picture of Titan, the “sea king = seeking” but that didn’t fit with verse 10 which was talking about Prophets so I changed my word picture to prophets seeking something at location 11 in my memory palace.
- I try and do 3 verses as stories quite quickly then I go back and review. Once I have them down fairly good I move on to a new verse if I feel like it. For me, I usually don’t remember it very well the next day, but when I do a review then it comes back quickly and I am good for the rest of the day. Then it’s just a matter of saying it out loud everyday so that I can do it without stopping to think about the stories. That is the hard part for me as I usually like to memorize new stuff and not spend much time on review.
Here’s my story for 1 Peter 1:7
Location: Corner of livingroom where the tv is.
Location a: left side of TV -So that the proof of your faith. I am nailing a proof of purchase label to the left side of my tv. I am using my friend Faith as the hammer.
Location b: top of the TV - being more precious than gold which is perishable. I see a bee packing a Precious moments ornament made of gold, a witch steals it and turns it into a cloud of dust. ( I had trouble with remembering if a verse contained “that” or “which” until I started using the witch in my stories)
Location c: right side of TV - even though tested by fire
Eve is taking a blowtorch to the right side of the tv but it’s not melting. Here is a case where the story captures the concept of the verse and that was all it took for me to get a strong memory of the verse.
Location d: the tube and a movie is playing - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. I really struggled with this one and learned it by rote initially. Then I created this story as the movie that was playing on the tube: I work with a girl named May and she is on the street being conned by a crook into playing the shell game. She correctly guesses that the bee is under the 2nd shell " may bee found two".
He gets mad and kicks the shells and they all turn over. Each shell contains something:
- praise = two praying mantises.
- glory = my sister Lori
- Honor = a big “on air” fluorescent light.
My friend (whose initials are J.C. comes along just then to protect her from the con artist.
I don’t usually do a complete story for the whole verse but that last paragraph was a tough one so I felt I needed to make it more involved.
One of the things I started to do early was come up with certain word pictures to help me when I couldn’t remember the correct word and made the error of substituting a similar word.
which = Witch, so I know not to use “that”
Jesus Christ, Lord Jesus Christ, Christ Jesus, Jesus = For me, my friend with the initials JC is always used for Jesus Christ. For Lord Jesus Christ I just add a big crown on his head. Christ Jesus, well, I haven’t come up with that one yet (o:
Jesus to me always pictured as a baby in swaddling clothes