This might be a bit religious coming out of me, and could possibly offend your sense of religion
but i put some thought into the actual art of writing, and i realized that writing stories, be it fiction or fantasy, is almost the same thing as playing god.
You build a character from the very beginnings, height, weight, gender, facial structure, hair, body structure, their families, much like we are given a set framework for our own human bodies.
You build a story line, you define the happenings of their lives, what world they live in, what situation they are in, are they poor, are they rich, are the satisfied.
You decide what happens, whether they are villain or hero, whether they are the sidekick or equal.
and then, you begin your writing, and this is where it gets interesting.
Let your story evolve, limit only the basics, the main plot line, the characters you want in it, but still, let it evolve.
Let your character come out as who he is, let him decide his own identity.
What if half way through, he decided that he doesn’t like being nice?
that he’d rather be the outcast, that he’d rather be outspoken, that he’d rather seek revenge than be the typical hero.
What if halfway through, your sidekick suddenly dies, from a twist that happens.
What if, like each and every one of us, our characters also have the power to decide their own futures, have the chance to be something different, have the chance to grasp or even let go of their destiny?
What if, they chose a different life than the one you had originally planned out for them?
Would you feel like god? Would you feel as if the character should worship you, for giving them that chance, for allowing them as well as the story to evolve?
Now, what if WE were the characters?
What if we realize that God has given us the power, to make what seems like small decisions in life, what seems like an end he has in mind.
What if we realize like that character, we have it in us, the power to decide our fates, our destiny, which destiny we strive for, which destiny we grasp?
Go on, pick up a piece of paper or open up a document on your pc
start writing something from scratch, make a character, let them build their own lives.
now, put yourselves in their shoes
and like me, maybe, you’ll understand, that we need to be thankful, to the one that allows us to make these decisions, to live life as we would like to, without dictating every single action we make.
It doesn’t matter what religion you follow, there is only God to thank