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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

To Write with Faith (Part 1)

How do we write to show our faith? For some the answer is simple, for others, it’s a mystery. But mysteries are meant to be solved, and here is how I solved my own mystery of writing with my faith.

The story:
First, if you love God and are striving to be like Him, your stories should/will reflect that. When I start on a new story idea the first thing I ask myself is; “Does this story in some way have a Christ like theme? Can I give it one?” If not, it never goes any farther than a three sentence idea in my notebook. But if it does or I can, I go on and begin outlining. For instance, my current novels theme is hope, or rather the hope Christ gives us. Tyra’s story is about the saving power of Agape Love. Kate and Terren’s story hasn’t gone very far because I still don’t know what Christ like theme it will reflect.
How do you decide on a theme? Simple, what is God teaching you right now? I’ve noticed that with all my stories, they all reflect what God was teaching me at the time. (I always have hope in Christ. God’s love can overcome anything.)

Write with a purpose:
Don’t write for yourself, writer for Christ. If you are writing for yourself you are writing what the flesh enjoys, but if you write for Christ you are writing what He enjoys. Think of Jesus as your biggest fan, your number one reader, critic and editor. Your writing needs to please Him.
Think about it – If you are a true Bible believing Christian, what kind of witness would you have if you were known for your non-Christian writing?

Be careful:
Don’t give in to that little voice that says, “Writing Christian stories is too hard,” “Not very many people will read them anyway”. I almost gave into that voice, but God got a hold of me and turned me back in the right direction. Hold fast, God is there guiding you. Don’t give up or give in. Pray, cling to the father’s hand. Believe me, it’s worth it.

(Look for part 2 next Friday!)

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5 Comments

  1. Excellent advice. =)Thank you!

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  2. Daniel

     /  January 22, 2010

    Very insightful.. and helpful. 🙂
    I’ll be looking for the next part. 🙂

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  3. Lady Nairam

     /  January 23, 2010

    Good advice! I’ve found that the stories that really grab my mind and heart ARE the ones that reflect what I’m wrestling with at the time. The formula has become…

    Theme of Nai’s newest novel = what’s on Nai’s heart.

    Really is the best way to write. 🙂

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