1. Thank you, Kaci for a beautiful post. I have always tried my best to create complex and believable characters with flaws and deficiencies. Even our most “black and white” characters we create have more complex issues underneath.

    I recently talked to a friend whose nephew is an atheist. She wanted some simple arguments to engage him. But, I knew from my work as an apologist (defender of the faith) that people tend to doubt the existence of God not because they haven’t seen evidence but because of deeper, emotional issues tied to someone in their lives who claimed to be a Christian. When she dug deeper, she uncovered a very complex story involving the man’s father and his past in the church. My point is we need to create characters like this. On the surface, they may seem cut and dry but we need to make sure, as you have pointed out, those characters are deep enough to resonate as real people. I have found it is in our darkness God works in our lives to reveal His light!

  2. SoniCido says:

    Kaci, I always enjoy your writing. They way you look at things is so realistic, I sometimes wonder if you have been spying on me! hahaha 😉 

    This post really helped me get over a hump in my writing…

    I was an atheist for years, then an on-fire Christian (a little legalistic around the edges but not at heart–this is often a result of change in one’s life, one must swing the pendulum to the complete opposite side of where they came in order to finally come back to a balanced view); then I turned as far away from God and “churchy things” as possible because of my ex-husband using my faith to manipulate me and “God let it happen while ‘His’ people helped out.” 

    Just because I experienced certain things, does not mean that putting them in to a character is easy!

    Thank you for helping with that 🙂

    My favorite from what you said above– and a hard lesson to learn when writing:

    “So sometimes, I don’t burn off the flaws. Sometimes, I leave them there, forever the thing that both creates friction between us and the thing that keeps them from leaving me completely.”

    God doesn’t get in a hurry with us.
    Why should we?

    Yes! there is design, even in rebellion! 🙂 “For God has His way in the whirlwind and the storm…” Nahum

  3. Adam says:

    Great article, Kaci! Lots of great insight there, especially for leaving the rough edges on sometimes. Loved the concept of Satan being the premier example of a rebellious church brat, by the way, and reminded me of what Flannery O’Connor did in many of her stories by giving us people who on the outside look fine – dotting old grandmother types with quick smiles – who quickly turn sour when their internal bitterness, pride, or hatred is revealed, and their smile shown to be nothing but hypocrisy. 

  4. Galadriel says:

    Beautiful. I love the implications, and the imagery…and, well, all of it.

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