Over the past few days I’ve been using the framework from “21 Days to a Novel” to deepen my understanding of the characters, world and plot of my novel. Today, as I began fleshing out details of yet another character I was confronted with a decision. What place, if any, does religion play in this characters life?
The easy answer would be none, but it isn’t the realistic answer. If religion plays a part in culture, then the leader of that culture must relate to it in some way even if it is only for the sake of appearances. I could have ignored it. It certainly would have been easier and there is plenty of depth to this man from which to tell the story, but the addition of this facet of his person makes him more real. It makes the world more real.
And so I began walking a road I didn’t foresee. I began walking a road that requires more questions and more work. I began walking a road that may or may not actually play a significant part in the story itself, but I feel it is a necessary choice because in the end it will make it a better story.So as artists, let’s put in the work.
Where have you experienced this in your own creative endeavors?