“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
― Neil Gaiman,
This week’s weekly quote is dedicated to the brilliant and wonderfully talented Neil Gaiman. Though I have not read the book Coraline, I found this quote and thought this would be a perfect quote for the week. This quote is very profound in its own unique but still simple way. It tells us why stories are so important and why we need them in our everyday lives. And as Gaiman puts it stories “tell us that dragons can be beaten”. This is so true, in fact stories do just that. When we read about a characters problems, it helps us understand the world around us just a little bit better. And when we see how that character solves their problems, then that really does teach us that dragons can be beaten.
This kind of connects with my first time doing NaNoWriMo. It was an English assignment, and we had to do it in order to get a good grade. So, me being the overachiever I am (or think I am) decided to do twenty-thousand words over the minimum! That is 50,000 words! But, as it turned out, I eventually changed it back to the minimum of 30,000 words, because of Thanksgiving and such. So what NaNoWriMo taught me this year was to let loose, and as my English teacher said, “First, you vomited your ideas onto the page, and now you have to sort through the rest”. So on that thought, editing is coming for twenty pages of my novel, and this Neil Gaiman quote relates to me through NaNoWriMo.
Here is the editing strategy that my English teacher is teaching us: