What do your characters have to teach you about yourself? About God? About life?
I've spent a lot of time lately creating lesson plans for a Creative Writing class I'll be teaching for preteen homeschoolers this spring.
As a homeschooler, it comes naturally for me to see events, people in my life, books, and even my own stories as my teachers.
So when I reflected on a recent question Casey asked about our motivations for writing, learning is what primarily came to mind.
What have I learned from my main character?
I'm a people pleaser. Although I already realized my sinful tendency to place other's opinions too highly, watching my character Rachel only reinforces this conviction in my heart. As my main character makes the choice to enter into an ill-advised relationship I realize the times in my life I have faced the temptation to place man's opinion before God's.
Resilience. My main character, Rachel, escapes a cult. As she enters the outside world she must face many pressures. As she bravely weathers each of these I am inspired by her perseverance which reminds me I too can stick through tough times.
Courage. Rachel continually shows bravery whether its escaping the cult or finding a job for the first time with little education. Her life reminds me that with Christ's help I can find the necessary courage to fight fear and complete all the tasks he has for me.
Be thankful for those who help you along the way. Without the help of rebellious Aunt Alice and a godly widow named Lily, would Rachel have found the courage and resilience to not only leave the cult but to seek a life of faith? Rachel reminds me to be thankful for the "helpers" in my writing life, in my family, and in my church.
What have you learned about life or God from your main character?