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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

World Development

A basic idea of how I develop a new world.  Hopefully some of this might help any stuck world developers out there.

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Start: Characters and Story

When I’m developing a new world I start with the characters, their back story and the novels story.  These things tell me a lot about what the world is going to be like.
One character is a noble, okay, there’s a ruling class, medieval structure… etc.  They grew up on the coast, however one of their parents are from a mountainous region where they’d visit… etc.  This begins to fill out the bounties on a map.

-The Map

Once I have an idea of the people and the story goal I create a map, (or sometimes a little before because it just fun).  I fill it in based on places I’ve been or seen that I liked and wanted to incorporate into another world.  Also, I place things such as forests, mountains, rivers, bogs, villages, kingdoms, boarders, etc, based on where the characters have to go on their journey.  They have to go from this kingdom to another?  Well, in can’t be easy so in order to get there they have to find a path through a forest filled with hidden bogs, and cross boarder lands crawling with mercenaries.  Get the idea?

Step 2: Regions and people groups

Once that base work is done I begin picking apart each region and developing people groups and cultures.   I look where the region is placed on the map, figure out what kind of people live there, how they live, where they came from and so on and so forth.  What do they wear?  What styles and colors?  How do the men and woman wear their hair?  What roles to men, woman and children play? What kind of food do they eat?  Are they farmers, fishermen, or merchants?  What kinds of trades do they have? And many more.

Sometimes a supporting cast member comes out of that.

-Creatures

One of my favorite parts. ;)

What kind of creatures are there?  Where do they live?  What do they eat?  What do they look like?
Are there dragons?  (In my worlds, there are always dragons.)

Step 3: History and Religion

This usually starts happening at the very beginning, but here is where I really start working on it.  After the world is laid out and the regions and people groups along with some cultures are laid out, I start moving backwards.  Where did these people come from?  Why do they live the way the do?  How did the rulers rise to power?  What kind of legends to they have and where did they come from?  What are the truths to the legends?  Where are they? etc, etc, etc.

Religion is a big part of history and culture too.  What God/s do each people worship?  How did that religion come to be?  What are the false religions?  To they have a true religion?

-Magic

How advanced is this world?  Is there magic?  Is it part of their religion?  What’s it’s history? What is it’s structure and rules?

-Technology

How advances is this world?  Where did it come from?  How advanced is it?  What science is behind it?

Step 4: Language

Again, this is something I’m working on as I develop everything else.  Usually I pick a language as a naming language so I can put names on the map.  When I’m picking a language to use, I look up old versions of modern languages, or ancient ones that are no longer spoken, or ones that’s no one’s heard of because they’re from a very small country.  There are a lot of options here.  If you’re feeling particularly brilliant, (or you are), you can create your own language, or languages, up to you.

Step 5: Filling in the gaps

By this times I’ve already been writing the story, and filling in gaps as I go.

Gaps could be somethings like a new cultural tradition arises because you need some kind of festival for the Main Character to be in so the villain can chase them through it.  Then you get to make up on the spot the reason for said festival.

That’s pretty much it. If you use any of these, don’t feel like you have to follow all that in the steps I outlined, I actually mix them up a lot.  These are just some hints and guidelines, but do what works best for you.

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