24 thoughts on “The 60 Page Theory

  1. First of all, YAY FOR BEING HERE RIGHT WHEN YOU FIRST POSTED!! Second, thank you for such a beautiful post. I really enjoy your sarcastic writing, and I enjoyed reading your deep and thoughtful posts as well. (As rare as they may be.)

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  2. S.F. Dekreel

    Love this analogy. And the title! “Baran’s Six-Page Theory.” (Yes, I added the “Baran’s” XP )
    A wonderful thing to know: That God is always there, leading us in the darkness, and constantly loving us. It reminds me of the song Not for a Moment by Meredith Andrews. (Of you haven’t heard that song find it and listen to it RIGHT NOW)
    Thank you, Sarah!! This touched my heart, and I know it will touch others, too ❤

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  3. This analogy is just about perfect, and what makes it even more so, at least in my experience, that it’s usually at about sixty pages in that I get my first really crushing doubt that this story is worth slogging through to the end. So even when you’re outside the story, I guess, the same holds true. (Not that when I get to 60 pages in my manuscript I’m at that part of the plot, necessarily, as I write out of order; but that’s about how long it takes for the doubt to paralyze me.)

    It’s amazing, isn’t it, how stories can encourage us? No preaching necessary, just the knowledge that you aren’t the only one who’s faced a dark night of the soul before, and others have come through okay in the end.

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    1. Stories definitely make the best analogies, and it’s strange how similar our own lives are to fictitious ones—even if we’re not slaying dragons or doing crazy stuff like that. I find some of the best encouragement in them (after the Bible, obviously). Thanks for reading. ❤

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  4. I am an avid journal writer, and after reading this post, I went back to a time in my diary where I have written about a difficult experience I was going through. I then flipped ahead 60 pages. Sure enough, the issue had been resolved within those sixty pages. It’s remarkable, isn’t it?

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      1. acrobaticellist

        I thought it was pretty cool, too.
        Haha, literally me when I can’t find something. *time stands still* *Earth stops turning* “Goodbye earth, I need to find stuff”

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  8. C.M. - II Tim. 1:7

    What a wonderful post, Sarah! I feel like I need to re-read this when I feel depressed. The Romans verse you quotes is very well chosen. I’d like to add another favorite I have:
    “… Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
    When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
    and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
    When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.”
    ~Isaiah 43:1-2 (NIV)

    [This is my first comment on your blog. It’s funny that I found this right when you are going on a one-month hiatus. I found your blog through KP & SE, and found this one through your Survey post as being *the* one that everyone loved on your blog. I’m a huge Lewis fan/Narnian, and I’m an INTJ female, and I love that you use that curvy signature dash in the end… just like I’m used to do;)]

    ~C.M.

    P.S. #GoSkirts-wearersTeam

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