What Creative Writing has taught me about God

Even though I have yet to be published and make a fortune as a famous author, I am already beginning to see some amazing fruits sprouting from my budding hobby.

And one very precious fruit to me is an understanding of the world from God’s perspective. What do I mean by this? I mean, how can anyone comprehend the world at the level of deity, right? Well, I don’t claim that I have a FULL understanding. It’s more like a tiny peek which gave me an important piece of the puzzle. Like when scientists smash two atoms together and find a quark or something. So what did I find?

The different levels of Creation:blueprint

Specifically human creation, I should say, though there is some overlap with everything else. I, like most religious people, believe that everyone has a Spirit inside of their body and God is the creator/father of said Spirit. I might take it one step further and propose that there was a level of existence even before the Spirit form, where we were all little more than a twinkle in God’s omnipotent eye. And idea. Floating, formless potential.

As a writer, I have character ideas galore. My first novel contains about 30+ solid characters and about as many more “fluff” characters. But I have well over 100 character concepts floating around in my head just waiting to be put into future books. Floating, formless potential.

Once a character gets put down on paper, whether in a story or just a character development exercise, it has moved on to the next stage. It has gained a measure of form and substance. It is now a “Spirit.” These working characters interact, adapt, change and reveal themselves and in turn I get to know exactly who they are. But they are still very malleable, and their function and path can change at any time. It’s not until the book is published that they now “exist” in a permanent, physical sense. They are now free agents unto themselves and I cannot go back and alter their base nature any more. I can only direct their future path in the sequels.

Why God created both the “good” and the “bad:” Why would God create a being such as Satan? Why not just make all good children and have a perfect world? Well, as a writer I have developed the belief that every idea deserves the right to exist. Granted, I don’t think that every idea deserves to be PUBLISHED (that would be receiving mortal form, remember). But an idea deserves to be developed, understood and evaluated for all of its value and potential before either being accepted or disregarded.

As a mere mortal I only have the capacity to develop a small fraction of my ideas. But an omnipotent being like God would be able to give every “idea” its due justice, each receiving a fair chance to show its worth. Once this is done, then writing and “publishing” can begin.

In a perfect world with infinite resources, I believe that the majority of ideas have a right to be published. I know this probably makes the brains of every publisher, editor and book critic explode. But the concept is that if an idea is worth something to even one person, then sure, why not let them have it? The only things that I can imagine ought to be disqualified would be works intended to deceive, to influence readers to make wrong choices, or to poison the reader’s minds with obscenities and filth. Sounds a lot like Satan and his followers, right? Which would explain why they remained in Spirit form and did not receive mortal bodies.

How God can know what we are going to do (and yet leave us with free will):

fox trot

This concept boggled my mind for the majority of my mature life. But now as I sit down in front of a keyboard to write, with the “lives” of my characters in my hands, it no longer feels impossible to grasp.

I’ve heard other authors say that they just go where their characters take them. If I as a writer have developed my characters properly, I need only to give them a scene and they practically act for themselves. If I want them to do something specific or change in a certain way, I need to provide them the experiences and interactions that would move them in that direction. It would be improper for me to “make” them do anything out of character. If I were to do so, it would be the same as me “obliterating” the former idea and replacing it with a slightly different idea that better suits what i want.

Because I know each of my characters perfectly, I can see the events of the story from beginning to end, given a specific set of circumstances. I know who they need to meet and where they need to go, and I make that happen.

Why do bad things happen?

Character development. Done.

Lol, no, but seriously, it’s almost that simple. If there is a death, or a catastrophic event in a story of mine and none of the characters are any different afterward, then I’m a bad writer. I can’t shortcut my characters to their end form in which I would like to see them, so what I need to do is give them the events they need, whatever they are, to change them in a believable way.

How each and every one of us is important to God.

The secret to this one might blow your mind if you are a writer, but imagine if you wrote a book for every single character in which THEY are the main character. The same global events happen, but now your perspective is completely changed.

That guard who got knocked out by the great grandson of Thor as he charged into the building, what’s important to him? He doesn’t care that his employer might be the reincarnation of Dracula, but he took this unscrupulous job because he’s currently a desperate and broken prodigal son who hated his father for being too controlling in his life and disapproving of his ex-girlfriend, the same one that ended up robbing him blind in the middle of the night and leaving him at the Motel-8 in Pittsburg. But you know that once “Dracula” is burned to ashes, he’ll be out of a job once again and his near-death FallInLoveexperience makes him want to settle for a lower wage but honest position as a mall cop where he will one day catch a young thief red-handed and send him off with some moral guidance because the kid reminds him of how he used to be just a couple years earlier.

The point being, EVERYONE can be important to you, especially when you’re their “creator.”

So yeah, this is what creative writing has taught me about God. So far, at least. I’m certain that now that I’m thinking about it, there will be more to come. If you have any similar insights, please share! This is my new favorite topic!

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