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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

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Get Inspired

Just about anything can inspire an idea. All it takes is the spark of curiosity in your imagination and the question, “What if.” For instance, you could be casually sorting through loose change when you end up with a brand new, shiny penny in one hand and an old, faded penny in the other. Suddenly they remind you of a wishing well and questions pop into your mind:
What if there was a wishing well with shiny and dull pennies scattered around it? What if you had to choose one or the other and the choice was very important to granting your wish? What kind of people would know about it? Who would be searching for it and why? And there it is; the making of a story. It could be a whole story, a test the hero has to pass, or the climax, or all of the above, the choice is up to you. (By the way, that idea is mine. 😉 )

What sort of interesting things have inspired you? Have you written a story off of it yet?

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  1. Daniel

     /  January 21, 2010

    I was inspired for both of my novels that I’m working on presently by songs… One song apiece.. so.. yeah.. I avoid music when I don’t want a new novel idea. 😛

  2. Strangely my mind begins working on novel ideas (not novel, novel) during church (when the pastor’s talking). Not really a good time! 🙂
    Looking back I’m not completely sure what the inspiration for my current story idea was, but I think it started with a doll I got many years ago at a birthday party. She has light red ringlets and a purple dress…. and yeah. From there was one idea that lead to an entire story that seemingly has NO connection to this little doll! =)

  3. Orange ringlets. They were orange. Important fact there.

  4. storygirl308

     /  January 22, 2010

    I get ideas from anywhere. Walking, cleaning, (I get alot of great scene ideas when I’m cleaning, don’t know why), sitting by myself, doing research for a different story, from music, movies ect. ect.
    Tyra is an exception, she just poped into (or out of), my head when I was doing nothing. Poof! and there she was, smart comments and all.

    Tyra: And your life has never been the same.

    Me: I wonder why. 😉

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