As a writer, I often wonder what my life would be like if I were a character in someone’s novel? Would I be the gallant hero diving in to save the day and get the girl, or would I be the evil and sinister bad guy who wants to rule the world? The funny thing is, as I’m writing, I often wonder what it would be like to be one of the characters I’m trying to create. Because, I know this will sound weird, in a sense they are real people. They have real hurts, real goals and real obstacles to overcome. I do what I can to help guide their lives, so that they make good choices. Yet, I have some characters that tell me they’re about to make a wrong choice.
You don’t believe me? Let me try it this way. Have you seen the movie, “Stranger than Fiction” with Will Farrell? It’s a hilarious movie about a man who lives, breaths and has goals, but his every action is controlled by an author who’s writing his life. What freaks him out is he can hear the narration going on inside his mind. Freaky right? But, after watching this movie, I have often wondered can my characters here my voice or do they hear their own voice?
In writing a writer must always make sure their voice is not heard, but it is the character’s voice that is heard. It’s a hard task to accomplish. It’s a little something we writers call, “Deep Point of View.” It’s where you, the reader, can relate emotionally and almost feel the pain or joy the character does, simply because you are inside that individual’s mind for that particular moment. Maybe you’re not sure what I’m talking about. Let me give an example.
Sally face was red hot, she was angry. Now, that doesn’t really tell us a whole lot about who Sally is, or how she feels. You feel disconnected, outside of Sally, as if someone is telling you she’s angry with something, or someone. As a writer I want the reader to feel Sally’s anger, her frustration. I want it to be immediate.
Now, let’s give this a try, I want you to feel what Sally feels. Her fists clenched and unclenched. Face hot, Sally slammed the cupboard door shut as a low growl escaped her throat. Do you see the difference? One sentence told us Sally was angry, and the other showed us. We now had the chance to feel what she felt. We felt angry with her. Deep point of view writing is immediate, it is NOW.
As a writer, I try hard to make sure I convey the best I can with the words I have. How many times do we just sit back, and not fulfill, do or chase after our dreams or what God has called us to do? I believe a lot of individuals give up simply because it’s too hard, or life isn’t fair. Yet, what most people don’t realize, we have the God-given ability within us to pull ourselves up by the boot straps and carry on.
We may not be the character in someone’s novel, but we are the characters in a greater story that’s being played out each day. That story is the story of your life, seen through the eyes of God. What we do with that is up to us. God desires good things for us, and all we have to do is reach out and take a hold of the plans and the callings He’s placed within. My question is, what are you going to do with your NOW? Are you going to live life in the immediate, or are you going to take a back seat and allow someone else to dictate your life?
Blessings in Christ,
J. B. Sisam