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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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    “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!”
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A Page a Day

I saw a picture on Facebook that read, “A page a day keeps insanity away”.  From a writer’s perspective, writing a page a day could very well keep insanity away, and it doesn’t even have to be a page of a novel.  Just anything.  A written page.  Everyday.

I know when I go a while without writing anything I can feel like going crazy!  I’ve left all these words, stories and characters trapped in my subconscious too long and they are screaming to get out! Also, I’ve learned the best cure for Writer’s Block is to just keep writing.  Anything.  As long as you’re putting words on paper.

This is one of my goals for the new year, to try and write at least a page of something a day.  Whether that’s a page of my most current novel, a page of outlining, a page of story notes, a page of free writing, or a page in some random story.  Just a page.  Everyday.

I know there will be days when I’m not going to have the chance or time to write a full page of something, but I’m going to try.   I think this is a good exercise for any writer to have.  Keeps you in writing.  Keeps you in practice.  I know from experience, the longer you go without writing, the harder it is to get back into it.  (Sometimes this is not the case, but most of the time it is.)

So, to combat writing laziness and keep working on my craft, I’m writing a page a day with a goal to keep it up as best as I can all year.  

What about you?

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  1. This is a great goal for writers. You are so informative in this post, and it inspires me as a writer! I have a literary blog myself, so I’m so looking forward to this a page a day challange. Keep writing!

  2. That’s a fantastic goal! One reason why that would be better than traditional word counts is that the cue to stop is more visual–you simply write until you see that page break, instead of obsessively checking your word count every five minutes. Good thoughts!

  3. Ha ha, no way! That is my 2014 goal too! 🙂 Although I don’t have a specific quantity, just so long as I deliberately write something everyday. I think I will be mostly journaling.
    Great minds think alike… 😉

  4. tavitabatya

     /  January 7, 2014

    This is a really good idea. 🙂 Another thing that I do is set a goal of the amount of words I have to write per day and make sure I do it. So for the next month or so I have to write 200 words per day. 😀

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