Hey! That was a pretty successful August. I spent it with my nose in books and have started having bad dreams about being in cults. If that isn’t the closest thing to being in a cult without being in a cult, I don’t know what is.
I realized during the first month of research that I don’t need to find an existing religion to give my main character. In fact, after reading what I’ve been reading for the past few weeks, I am pretty sure that giving her a religion that already exists is going to make my novel unbelievable (a.k.a. truth is stranger than fiction).
This is good news because it means I don’t need to acquaint myself so thoroughly with one particular religion. It’s bad news because it means I need to rely on my own brain to come up with a religion that is crazy enough to be crazy but not so crazy as to make my poor character an incurable nutcase.
In my writing class, I learned about something called a “Character Bible” which is something you write about a character so that you can refer back and keep things straight. What I need, my friends, is a “Religion Bible.” Errrr. Let’s call it a “Religion Charter.” An overview of my made-up religion’s people, rituals, history and beliefs. By January.
I’m going to keep on keepin’ on with the research. It’s working. I’m also going to press myself to get back to writing — just so I’m not rusty when I finish the research. I’m going to write and publish a short story (here) in January too. The short story doesn’t have to be perfect but it must be published.Two things to finish by my birthday.
Ready, set, go.