An Active Process

Someone once said, writing is an active process where you’re forming a world. I’d credit the author, but I don’t recall who that is at the moment; and so I commit a sin of omission.

My point in bringing it up, though, is that it’s been stuck in my head for a few days now. I think this is apropos, considering my Stuck Again post. I’m unstuck once more but the chances that I will be stuck again sometime in the future as I continue to write Full of Grace are pretty high. I am forming a world, after all, one that no longer exists, with characters who no longer inhabit this realm. I may be an outline-type writer, but even I can’t predict the directions the characters seem to want to take.

Take Mary for example. Quiet and demure, the last thing you’d expect to hear her talk about is her future fame. But she did: in the midst of her magnification of God, she talked about how future generations would remember her (Luke 1:46-55). Shouldn’t she have been talking about the child she was carrying, the Messiah and savior of the world?

When you consider Mary was just a teenager, though, the scenario is not so strange. My older daughter currently has one goal in life – to be famous. And at the start of her career, the singer Madonna was asked by the recently-departed Dick Clark what her plans were: her reply was to take over the world. Mary’s response was no different and her magnification was a reflection of that.

I won’t say this is the answer I was looking for, but it is the answer I found and now I can continue writing. The next installment of Full of Grace will be published tomorrow. Thanks for reading/bearing with me.

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