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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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  • “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.
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    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.
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    "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

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Get out Your Club: Editing Tips

I do not like editing.  I’m an outlining, brainstorming, first draft writing writer.  It’s in the beginning process of my novels when inspiration is on my side and working with me, but as soon as I begin editing inspiration seems to turn tail and run.  So, I got out my club and chased after it.  It’s taken me a couple of years, but I think I have finally discovered the editing process that works for me.

Got out your clubs and come run with me as we chase after our inspiration in editing.

If you are like me and you love brainstorming and outlining, here is a little trick I discovered.  In order to help keep that inspiration going through edits, trick your brain.  How do you trick our brains when we’re editing?  Here’s how.

Once you are done writing your first draft read through it once, only once, and after a considerable amount of time to make sure it’s fresh.  As you read make notes of things you know you need to fix.  Things like plot wholes, character inconsistencies, clichés, even scenes you don’t quote like, anything and everything.  Once that is done pick one and begin re-outlining it.  Brainstorm ideas as if you are just beginning to write this story.

Right now I am doing ALL my editing for Heart of Hope in a note-book.  I’m not going to touch the document until I have all my bases covered.  Every little detail is being reworked on paper, with a pen.  I’m pretty much re-outlining the whole thing, fixing what needs to be fixed and tweaking things that didn’t quite sit well with me, and you know what?  I am enjoying it.

This editing process mirrors the first draft outlining and idea brainstorming that I love to do.  I’m tricking my brain into thinking it’s not editing.  🙂

Català: Imatge de pluja d'idees

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I have no idea how things will go once I begin cutting and re-writing my way through the document, but I’m not going to let that get me down.  My inspiration is once again on my side and I have never been more excited for Heart of Hope‘s outcome.

I hope this tip helps you!  Good luck!

If you have any questions, please comment.

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  1. Ah…. Okay, I think I might, might, might be able to do that 🙂 I think I will need to sit down with you next time we are together IRL and see it in action 😀
    Jason: *clears throat* That’s nice, but if you haven’t forgotten, you are writing MY story right now. So you can just forget about editing for the time being.
    Me: *smirks* Thanks for reminding me. *sighs* I’ll need that club in a couple months…
    Jason: Don’t get any ideas about hitting me with it.

    *huggles* Love you SG! ❤

    • storygirl308

       /  January 5, 2012

      I could make a video on it. 🙂 Would that help?

      Jason, you should meet Stephen, he’s protective over his story too. 🙂

      Stephen: I you think I’m going to humor you with an answer, you’re wrong. The mess you made of my story through NaNo-whatever you call it has completely put me off. Monkeys and watermelons? Really? What is a watermelon any way. *storms off*

      Me: No wonder he’s been so quite…


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