NaNoWriMo – Day 24

Day 24 – Is religion featured in your novel at all? If so, which ones? If it’s/they’re your own creations, describe it/them and how it/they play(s) a part in your characters’ lives.

Because of the setting, the characters are Catholic, Protestant, nominal/cultural Christian, and agnostic.

I think because I am a Christian and that is an important part of my life, then my beliefs will shape the type of story that I’m writing. I think all writers do that, and I find it interesting how often I don’t realize what I truly stand for until I’ve tried to write it out.

It’s a bit cathartic.

JRR Tolkien once said that

The Lord of the Rings is of course a fundamentally religious and Catholic work, unconsciously so at first, but consciously in the revision. That is why I have not put in, or have cut out, practically all references to anything like “religion”, to cults or practices, in the Imaginary world. For the religious element is absorbed into the story and the symbolism.

I don’t want to write Christian fiction because Christian fiction has to play by certain rules. I want to write a story that has characters who are real. I think religion is a big part of that. While I have written so far without much mention of religion, I know which characters are religious, and their actions are influenced by that part of their personality.

I have written one scene that dealt with spiritual issues. I was rather surprised at how it turned out because I was just going to have the character discuss something with a pastor, but as I wrote, I suddenly realized that this was a conversation between a Roman Catholic and a Methodist minister. I have no idea where that came from, but it provided an interesting twist to the moment.


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