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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

Inaccurate Consequences

When I first started doing in-depth research for writing, my Google search history might have shocked some people.

“How much blood can you loose before you die?” 

“How many strips can you get from a whip without dying?” 

“How fast can you go into shock from blood loss?” 

“How long does it take a broken bone to heal?”

As weird as it may be to Google things like those (and visually gruesome sometimes…), it is necessary to write accurately.  One common mistake I’ve found when critiquing (and I’ve done it too) is inaccurate physical consequences with injuries.

If your hero falls out of a two story window and lands on their back hitting their head, they are going to have a concision and will be groggy for a couple of days and have a killer headache.

If your hero is in a fight and gets banged up they are going to hurt – a lot – for a couple of days.  Muscles will be sore, bruises will be sore, they might have some cuts that are sore and will take a few days to heal…etc.

If your hero is shot (even in a none lethal spot), they could die from loss of blood and will, most likely, go into shock.  (Going into shock could kill them too.)

If a character brakes their leg, don’t have them running two days later. (Or walking for that matter, and when they can walk they’ll be limping.)

If a character is picked up in the mouth of a dragon and shaken, they are dead.  End of story.

If your hero is clawed across the back by a wild animal, it will take a lot longer than a week for them to be back to normal.  After they have a fever, lots of pain and can’t move for several days.  (That one was mine. 😛 )

How to Write it Accurately

1. When you’re rough drafting, if you don’t want to go into the research yet, at least make a note or do a quick Google search so you have the correct idea in place.  Then when you come back to it you have a better grasp of the accurate consequences.

2. Brush up on your human anatomy.  Helpful stuff to know when giving your character injuries and you don’t want them to die.

3. If you know someone who has broken a bone, had a concussion, been knocked unconscious (or put under for a surgery, that counts too), or has suffered from whatever it is you want to happen to your character, talk to them.  Find out first hand what it was like, what they felt and what went through their minds.

4.  RESEARCH!  Get books from your local library, use the internet or both.  Whatever you choose, better to research it to death then not at all.

 

Thanks for reading!  Good luck writing! 

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  1. This is an excellent post. I tend to forget that my characters are hurt. I’ve been getting better, but now I have to remove an injury from my rough draft because it wasn’t practical and I didn’t follow up on it very well.

    Thanks again. I’m going to keep those tips in mind. 🙂

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  2. Thank you!
    It can be rather funny when you find mistakes like that in your rough draft. I’ve learned to keep detailed notes as I go, and a rough outline of each chapter as reference materiel.

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