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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.
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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.
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The NaNoWriMo Experiment

NaNoWriMo is over, and I’m sure you are wondering if I finished.  Well, I didn’t.

I participated in NaNo this year for two reasons;

#1: To make myself work on a novel.

#2: To see if I could write a whole novel without an outline. 

Well, I discovered that I CAN’T write a whole novel without an outline.  I ended up just writing Wolf’s Head into the ground, killing the plot entirely.  Stephen kept me going for a while, but in the end there was just no where left to go.  When I ran out of scenes I just started writing nonsense to keep my word count up and after a while I got tired of writing nonsense that I would have to cut later and decided the best choice for me was to just call it quits.  (Plus it was frustrating me to death, renewing my writer’s block, not curing it, and giving me a head ach.)    

I could see this past NaNoWriMo as a failure because I didn’t finish, but I see it more as a success.  Why?  Well, I did exactly what I set out to do, I worked in a novel all November and I discovered I’m the kind of writer that really needs the outlining process to write a full (readable) novel.

In the beginning I made it clear to myself that this whole thing was just going to be an experiment so if it became too much and I needed to quit I wouldn’t be disappointed.  Well, I’m a little disappointed, but that’s just want happens sometimes.  I’m sure Stephen’s glad I stopped when I did, I think he was getting a little tired of all the purple monkeys with watermelons that kept showing up. 😉

Three cheers to all you WriMo’s who reached 50k!

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  1. Purple monkeys and watermelons? XD

    I’m not much of a Wrimo myself. Well, considering I’ve sworn off it I guess I should say I’m not a Wrimo at all, despite winning it once. 😛

  2. I think it’s still an achievement. Writing a novel is no easy feat and you’ve discovered a bit more about yourself and how you really work! Kudos on your effort!

    • storygirl308

       /  December 4, 2011

      Thank you, and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! 🙂

  3. *grins* Puprle monkeys and watermelons! Wow. That sounds fun! 😀 I have rats that respond to my charrie’s whistleing tunes. They aid in the showdown XD I’m glad your experiment was successful – and that you stopped before you bashed your head against the wall 😀

    ❤ GG

  4. storygirl308

     /  December 4, 2011

    I guess I should share the purple monkeys scene? 😉


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