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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
    God bless!

  • “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book that it may be for the time to come forever and ever.”
    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "The only just literary critic," he concluded, "is Christ, who admires more than does any man the gifts He Himself has bestowed."
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."
    ~Flannery O'Connor

    You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
    ~Arthur Polotnik

    Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
    ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    "There are forms of insanity that condemn people to hear voices against their will, but as writers we invite ourselves to hear voices without relinquishing our hold on reality or our right to control."
    ~Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

    Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you'd be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one.
    ~Nate Wilson

A Love Hate Thing

       Sometimes I really don’t like the story that I’m writing. Like now, I’m in the mist of Writer’s Block or, an Imagination Hiccup, and I just wish the story was finished. But of course, wishing doesn’t help me much. I’m seriously thinking about making a copy of my book and burning it in our wood stove. Yes, I like that idea. But even that won’t solve my problem.
       I think back to the verse in Isaiah 30 that says, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength,” or in 1 Timothy, “Neglect not the gift that is in you.” How do these apply to Writer’s Block? When I set out to write stories that would glorify God I placed myself in His hands saying, “Here I am, use me and my abilities for Your purpose.” When I let discouragement get the better of me I pull myself out of God’s hands and into my own. I’m neglecting the gift that God gave me by not putting my hope in him and trusting that He will give me the strength that I need to see it through. “Commit thy way unto the LORD: trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass,” Psalms 37:5. This has always been hard for me to do. I’m the kind of person who always has to been the strong one, but I am not.

       Right now I have a love hate thing with my story, and not just with my story, but with God as well. He gave me this task to do and what have I done with it? There were times of joyfulness, and contentment, but mostly the opposite. If I grumble about the job that God gave me to do, am I not grumbling about Him too? I know I can’t do it on my own, but I still try to do just that. I know without Him I would be nowhere, and yet I say that I am nowhere just because I am having trouble putting words on paper.
       With God there is no such thing as Writer’s Block. For Writer’s Block is just stepping out of God’s hands. If we step back in, He will help us through what He has called us to do.

“Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast unmovable, always abounding on the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

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  1. Lady Nairam

     /  August 4, 2009

    From the OYAN forum –

    I understand the feeling! Sometimes I wonder, “God, what AM I doing to this wonderful story you’ve given me?” The answer usually is, “You’ve taken back.” I’m trying to do it in my own power. I constantly need to re-dedicate my story to the Lord, saying, “This is yours, not mine. Use me as you can.”

    I’ll never get it completely right. But I’ll do better if I let HIM take it.

    ~Nai

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  2. I’m going through the same thing right now! I have this story, and I’m frustrated with it. I just want to move on, to finish my novel! Nai’s right. I’m doing it with my own power, not His. Thanks for writing this post, SG. You’ve inspired me to hand my story over to Jesus. I love Him with all my heart, but I never thought of this. Thank you.

    ~Haniya

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  3. storygirl308

     /  August 6, 2009

    You’re welocme. =)

    ~Laura

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  4. Daniel

     /  August 6, 2009

    Good point!

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