• The Writer


    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

Writing for His Glory

The literary world has changed drastically since authors such as Tolkien and Lewis first published their manuscripts, and it hasn’t necessarily changed for the better.

As I look through book stores at the suggestive covers and careless content of popular books I’m filled with a sense of dread.  This is what young people and adults alike are reading?

Have you ever stepped back and really looked at today’s modern fiction?  Both Secular and Christian?  The condition both these groups are in is miserable.  The Secular realm is filled with content that belongs in an R rated movie, content a lot of Middle School and Junior High kids are reading.  Whereas the Christian realm has greatly neglected to fill a very real need for good fulfilling fiction.

I am out to change all that, and I want you to join me.

I believe God is working in the hearts of young writers, raising up a new generation of talented young people who will change the literary world.

Writer, this blog is for you.  I know the part of writer can be lonely and difficult.  It is a solidary role, but you don’t have to take the journey alone.  This blog is here to help encourage and uplift young writers who are out to change our culture, out to change the publishing, literary, and storytelling industries.  Writers who want to write for the glory of our savior Jesus Christ, and make a difference by shinning a light in the dark world of modern fiction.

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14 Comments

  1. Laura,

    I do see a passion in your writing that reveals a true heart for God and writing. Remember, your writing can be as much your ministry as politics was Wilberforce’s, and make a world-changing difference for God and His Glory.

    With joy and peace in Christ,
    Sir Emeth Mimetes

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  2. Shaina

     /  November 15, 2009

    hi, i really think what your doing here on this blog is a great thing and hope that God will bless you in every area of your life not only in writing!
    the reason for my commenting is that on discovering this blog, i was very encouraged and wanted to know how i could get some of my stuff out there! i love to write and have been for a number of years now. seeing your blog has made me hopeful that perhaps someone out there might be interested in the stories i have to tell!
    as a part of the next generation of writers for His glory, I’d love to do my part if some how i could have the opportunity!
    please help a fellow writer find the path to a successful writing career!
    truly yours in Christ,
    ~Shaina~

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    • storygirl308

       /  November 15, 2009

      Hi Shaina! Thank you very much. I’m glad you were encouraged. 🙂

      (As for your question, look in the Q&A page. I added it there.)

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  3. Hello! I was so excited when I happened onto your blog. I’m a fellow writer, writing historical fiction, and screenplays among other things.
    I knew there were other Christian writers out there, but have never been able to find any like me. So I was thrilled when I found you! Keep up the great work, I can’t wait to read more of your story.
    ~Marie

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  4. Shaina

     /  November 18, 2009

    isn’t it great to know we’re NOT the only ones! How encouraging!!!

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  5. storygirl308

     /  November 18, 2009

    Yes. 🙂

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  6. Shaina

     /  November 18, 2009

    so, storygirl, how is the progress on your book going?

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    • storygirl308

       /  November 18, 2009

      It’s going. I’m in chapter six. I’d say about 40% is draft two and 60% is still the rough draft.

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  7. Shaina

     /  November 18, 2009

    marie, so do you have any current stories your working on?

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  8. Shaina

     /  November 18, 2009

    oh, well hey, keep up the good work! i know how tedious it can get! but with 40% drafted and a good 60%! in rough draft, your well on your way! definitely keep me posted!

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    • storygirl308

       /  November 18, 2009

      I should have a new Novel Update up some time this month to get everyone posted on what’s new.

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  9. I’m currently working on selling a screenplay that I just finished. I’m roughly half way through a late 1800’s novel that I’m writing. I also am working on a rather nostalgic, small-town story that I am writing for a column in a friends magazine.

    Do you have any projects in the works Shaina?

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  10. Shaina

     /  November 20, 2009

    wow, i hope that goes well! i love historical fiction! reading and writing it! how long is the story that you’re writing for your friend’s magazine?
    i have allot of stories going on! right now I’m primarily working on four. two short stories (one intended for a contest) and two fictional novels. I’m still consider myself in the learning/experiment stage. but i love to learn and love to write and hopefully someday, by the grace of God, I’ll get something published!

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