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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

Curing Writer’s Block

The story isn’t moving long, writer’s block as hit, what to do…

Idea #1 – What if monkeys came out of nowhere and started throwing purple watermelons at the characters? And what if one character turned out to be allergic to watermelons and suddenly started swelling up like a balloon?

Archie: Would you really write that in a story?

To cure writer’s block, yes, it can always be cut later.

Archie: I would hope so.

Idea #2 – What if someone the hero never expected to see again suddenly shows up? Is this person a good person or bad person? Pick someone who the hero has a lot of conflict with. Conflict helps move the story along.

Idea #3 – Have a scene idea in your head that is in a completely different place in the story than where you are working? Writing it! Get it on paper.

Idea #4 – Want to write something else? Open up a new Word doc. and start writing it! The point when you are stuck is to fill up that white piece of paper. Conquer it, defeat it, show it who’s boss!

Archie: Such sage advice.

Oh you be quiet.

Idea #5 – LEAVE THE COMPUTER. Go take a walk, cook something, listening to music, get a nice cup of tea or coffee. If you play an instrument go play it, just get away from the computer for a few minutes. You could even work on that check list of things to do. Breath, relax and don’t think about that story.

Idea #6 – Make a bubble outline. What’s a bubble outline you ask? (I use this when I’m not sure where to go with a scene and need ideas.) Here’s what you do, get a piece of paper, favorite notebook, something you can handwrite on, no typing here. In the center of the page write what’s currently happening in the story then circle it. Now, draw another circle and connect the two with a line. Write an idea of what could happen in this new circled and just keep going, adding connecting circles with new ideas and before you know it, you’ll have a scene to work on.

Idea #7 – Think of all the things that could go wrong and choose one to work into the scene.

Idea #8 – Think of all the things you DO NOT want to happen and see if you can work one into the scene. Who knows, if might bring out something interesting.

Idea #9 – Hand it over to your characters. I know when I get stuck I tend to just go into “all-powerful writer” mode and make my characters do what I want so I can just get through the scene. Whenever I do this, the scene ends up woody and dry and my characters turn into puppets. I’m slowly learning to avoid this and to give my characters the reigns to move the scene where it needs to go. I ended up with a beautiful moment between two characters when I finally let go and let them lead.

Idea #10 – This idea goes to you! What do you do to cure writer’s block? Leave a comment and let me know!

Hope some of these help. Good luck!

P.S. Also, silencing that inner editor might help, just lock him/her away in a box for a while. Once you’re unstuck you can let them out.

Archie: That is a most unpleasant idea…

Maybe for you, but not for me.

Archie: Humph.

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2 Comments

  1. Who is Archie?

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    • storygirl308

       /  November 27, 2011

      Archie is my inner editor. 🙂 I’ve never told you about him? Hmm, I need to, he’s quite the character.

      Reply

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