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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

Oh, To Be a Writer

I’ve added them all up and I have enough stories/ideas to keep me busy writing for the next ten years.  (Just check out My Novels page and you’ll get the idea.)  But then, that’s not counting all the other story ideas I am certain to have in the future.  Now I just need to finish revising Heart of Hope again so I can send it to a publisher and maybe make my living this way. 

Some of the ideas may never be written, or they could suddenly pop back up in my head and proclaim “Hey!  I’m ready!  Write me!” 

Story ideas can be so amusing sometimes.  One thing I’ve discovered with writing and working on a new idea is that sometimes, no matter how much you love the idea, the characters or how much outlining you’ve done, it still may decide it’s not ready, or you’re not ready to write it.  Tyra’s Stone was one such idea.  I’m nearly done outlining and I love the characters of Tyra and Silas, but I’m still not in a place where I can write it properly.   I guess there are still things God has to teach me before I’m ready to tackle this complicated tale of lies and love. 

But then, you have the stories that pop up out of nowhere and are ready to be written in no time at all!  Enter Wren Fletcher (title a WIP).  The characters showed up first, jabbering away in my brain.  The plot and storyline followed soon after, and not being able to resist the intriguing tale, I began scribing scenes and short outlines.   I’m not even done with the rough draft of Choices, and already I have a nearly complete novel idea to begin working on as soon as I’m done.  Not only that, but it appears that Wren Fletcher will end up becoming a trilogy or series! 

But hey, I’m a writer; where would I be without a constant inflow of new material. 😉  My writer friends and I like to call it the “writer’s curse”.  It drives us crazy, but we would never trade it for anything.

That’s one of the fun parts about being a writer.  Stories surprise you.  You never know when a new one will start knocking on the doors of your brain.  Or when you suddenly find you have a new character whose personality is more real than any character you’ve had yet. 

I love the reaction I get from my family when I run downstairs and proclaim, “I have a new story idea and it’s awesome!” 

First they just stare at me.  The phrase that soon follows is, “But you’re not finished with your first one.” 

Then you have the reaction from my fellow writers.

“Awesome!”

“Sweet!”

“New ideas are great.” 

Hehehe. 🙂

Oh, to be a writer.

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7 Comments

  1. Amber

     /  April 5, 2011

    -likes-
    Good post! =D

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  2. Kristin Brænne

     /  April 5, 2011

    ★★★★★

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  3. Haha. 🙂 I’m one of those weird people that doesn’t get new story ideas very often…and whose stories take about 2 years to develop fully and then smack me in the face (thanks, Marian). But yeah. It’s pretty awesome, even though I’m different. 🙂

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  4. Deana Birks

     /  April 5, 2011

    Story ideas seem to multiply exponentially the more you write. If you aren’t writing, you never seem to get any (I think that’s why people always ask writers where they get their ideas from) but when you are writing, you start seeing them absolutely everywhere. It’s fun but I have to keep reminding myself that follow-through is important and that every new idea is not better than the one I’m working on now.

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  5. storygirl308

     /  April 5, 2011

    Thank you Amber and Kristin for the comments and for checking out my blog!

    @Nai: Tyra’s Stone is turning out that way…. Good old Marian. 🙂

    @Deana: I couldn’t agree more. I’ve had to remind myself of that plenty of times, especially when I was writing my first novel. Every idea seemed better then the story I was working on. But I learned to just write them down and keep working through that first story.
    Thank you for stopping by and for commenting. 🙂

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  6. “It drives us crazy, but we would never trade it for anything.”
    “…Stories surprise you. You never know when a new one will start knocking on the doors of your brain.”

    Oh, SO true, so true! XD I’m glad I’m a writer though, very glad. Plus fellow writers are such fun to know/talk to/laugh with/etc! 😉
    Great post.

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    • storygirl308

       /  April 6, 2011

      Thank you Sarah! 🙂
      It is fun isn’t it. Now I just have to learn to speed write. 😉

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