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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

Choices Chapter 12: The Black Moment

Black Moments are hard chapters to get through.  They just are.  They are the point in the story where everything that could go wrong, goes wrong.  The hero faces their worst tragedy yet.  It’s the moment where the hero has to be their strongest, but it’s also the moment when the hero’s weakness comes out, usually because of grief.   

One thing that makes writing the Black Moment so hard is, I love my characters!  I don’t want to do these terrible things to them!  Yes, they are like real people to me, it hurts to hurt them.  But then, from another angle, it’s easy to hurt them because it will do so much for the story and make it brilliant!… yes, writers are crazy. 😉

So, what do I do to get myself in the mood for such cruelty? 

1. Listen to sad music.

2. Watch a tribute video for my favorite TV characters (sad ones) before starting.

4. Keep a box of Kleenex handy.  

3. Eat chocolate.       

How depressing right?  I guess… if you’re not a writer writing the Black Moment of your story. 😛

Well… it’s time to get back to making Kate and Terren’s lives miserable, but, it’s only for a little while. 😉

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11 Comments

  1. Hello! I saw your blog on the Writing Catagory page [Wordpress], and your blog title was ‘For His Glory’. Haven’t really read much yet, but must say that this is GREAT.
    I’m a born again Christian and homeschooler [too] that is working on about fifty novels, I totally can relate with something you said on a past post “I run downstairs and tell me family: ‘I have a GREAT book idea!’
    ‘You haven’t even finished the first one yet.’ ”
    LOL. This happens a lot.
    But yeah… have no clue why I’m rambling to you… other than to say I’ll be reading your blog and maybe linking it! It’s really exciting to find blogs from other Writer Believers. I’m not really into fantasy writing as you are, but I am enjoying your advice.
    God bless! – Alexandra

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    • storygirl308

       /  April 22, 2011

      Thanks so much for the comment Alexandra! 😀
      I know what you mean about working on firty novels. I feel like that sometimes. 😉

      Rambling is awesome, I like to ramble too. 🙂

      God bless you too and thanks for reading!

      ~Laura

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  2. “eat chocolate”?? How is eating chocolate depressing? But then I guess “eat chocolate” should be on every list… 🙂 Good day, eat chocolate. Bad day, eat chocolate. 🙂

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  3. Black moments are so much fun to write. 😀

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  4. Hey I just realized how appropriate this is given today’s Good Friday… 🙂 We as writers only reflect in a small way how God knew darkness for a moment… would bring light for eternity! 🙂

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  5. Samii

     /  April 25, 2011

    I have one worse than writing a black moment…editing a black moment. Then you read over it, sob and cry, then realize that it could be worse. Its like…how deranged am I?

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  6. Haha, I love writing those “black moments” as you put it. Someone once told me that the way to write a good book is to get your character up a tree, throw rocks a them, then figure out how to get them down. Metaphorically speaking of course….

    Bookmarked this blog awhile ago, and happened up it by accident! Nice work!:D

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    • storygirl308

       /  May 12, 2011

      I’m going to have to remember that one. 🙂

      Thank you Sunny! 😀

      Reply

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