Girls Write Out
Thursday, February 02, 2012
I want to talk about the spiritual journey of our characters in our stories. I'm not an expert on this, but I want to share with you how I come up with mine.

First of all, let me say that to give your story a faith thread takes more than an occasional Scripture or prayer thrown in. I think of how God is in my life--constant. I speak to Him throughout the day, read His Word for direction, all that.

Some authors may come up with the spiritual theme first. I like for it to arise out of my plot line. Once I see what my characters are dealing with, I can figure out the theme. Many times, my characters go through lessons that I'm learning. In "Hot Flashes & Cold Cream," my character was dealing with hormonal issues (menopause). So aside from the physical issues (hot flashes, weight gain, etc.), she was dealing with attitudes from the devil. LOL! I knew exactly what my character was going through, because I was going through them!

Maggie's (the main character) spiritual journey was to trust God through the difficulties of life. Take them to the Lord. Regardless of how you "feel," He will see you through.

I don't want my characters to just be Sunday-go-to-meeting Christians, but rather, I want them to walk with God daily. Their warts will show and His grace will shine. It's a wonderful journey.

That's just one way. Maybe you have a different way of figuring out the spiritual theme of the story. What's your way?


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Diann Hunt  
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At 11:32 AM, Blogger Timothy Fish said...

With some of my novels, I’ve done like you said and wrote the book before I figured out what the theme was. But For the Love of a Devil is probably the best novel I’ve ever written, so I can’t dismiss the fact that I found the theme before I did anything else. It is my belief that if an author is going to retell a Bible story, his book had better have the same message as the original story. I’ll mess with anything else, but the theme and the major elements of the plot are set in stone.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

That's how I work, too, Di. I have NO idea about the spiritual thread prior to the story. Well, maybe that's not quite right. I have an idea but nothing concrete. That develops in the writing. :) Funny, others tend to see it before I do.

 
At 9:41 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I don't always know the spiritual journey when I get started. I like that to develop as I see the characters. but then I'm seat of the pantser. :)

 
At 9:07 PM, Blogger Leslie Miner said...

I'm new to writing. I just finished writing my first novel, so I only have it to comment on. I did not start out with the intention of sharing my spiritual views, but the main character changed on me. I was rather surprised.

 

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