Write Your Story

This is a wonderful song. It’s especially wonderful because it likens our hearts to books and God as the writer of our stories. I love songs like that. The video doesn’t have anything super interesting on the screen, so make sure to listen carefully.

Hobbit Day!

“In a hole in the ground, there lived… A Hobbit.”

Today, September 22, is Hobbit Day!

Not only is it Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday, but September 21st, yesterday, marked the 77th anniversary of the day the Hobbit was first published in 1937!

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoards of gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~J. R. R. Tolkien

Have you eaten enough meals today? Breakfast? Second Breakfast? Elevensies? Luncheon? Afternoon Tea? Dinner? Supper? Midnight Snack? Hobbits are very well fed.

And Hobbits, although they live very structured lives, relaxing at home, are full of potential!

“It is not the strength of the body that counts, but the strength of the spirit.” ~J. R. R. Tolkien

We can learn a lot of things from Hobbits. If you haven’t read it, you absolutely should, and if you have, you should read it again! I currently am and I’m enjoying it immensely.

So there you go, and HAPPY HOBBIT DAY EVERYONE!!!!

New Poll Feature!

I have now established a poll! If you look at the sidebar on the right, you should find the “Your Favorite Books” poll. Please feel free to vote on your best loved book series! I would appreciate that very much.

You can also look at our polls page where I will also post all the polls.

If you think of something else the poll should contain, notify me post haste!

And the Moral of the Story is…

Is there a moral or a lesson to be found in every piece of writing? I think there is, for the most part. Whether or not the author deliberately included a lesson, it’s possible for the reader to get something out of it.

For instance, a few weeks ago I read a short story and complimented the author on their great moral. They replied that they hadn’t been thinking of a moral and wanted to know what moral I thought the story contained.

It’s much easier to write a story for no particular reason, purely for the sake of writing and imagination than to plan out a lesson to be learned through it. After all, someone could still find a moral in it whether you put one in or not. But what is writing if it doesn’t have a specific purpose, a little gem of truth or advice for the reader to discover and hide away?

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Writing should have purpose. Just like a novel needs a story goal, a writer needs an aim of what they want to tell their audience. Readers read to get a story. They thirst for a journey that can take them away from their chair and into the vast world of imagination. It’s a writer’s job to give their readers that journey. But it’s also a writer’s job to teach their reader something.

Teach them of how deep love goes, how forgiveness sets you free, how hate tears you apart. There are endless lessons to be taught through books. Whether they know it or not, a reader will take it in. Whether they carry it out or not is their own choice. An author should give their audience that choice.

Book vs. Movie: A General Overview

Quite a few books have been made into movies. There are different views on how these movies will turn out. Some people think the movie will be precisely like the book, others think it’ll be completely different, and there are also people who don’t even know the book exists.

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie that was an exact duplication of the book. It’s pretty much impossible I’d say. Why is it impossible? Because they are different types of media.

Comparing book vs. movie is like experiencing something in person as opposed to seeing a picture. A book takes place in your imagination. ANYTHING is possible. A movie takes place in a studio or on a set somewhere and everything that’s possible can only go as far as everyone’s physical abilities. Naturally, it’s hard to get a movie up to imagination standards.