About a month ago, I wrote a post on Tumblr about gifts and talents and how they relate to your religion. Supposedly (or so a lot of people say), writing is one of my talents. My religion (and other religions, too) says that you should share your gifts and talents with others. But, oddly enough, the things I write about aren’t exactly warm, fuzzy, and PG-rated. I write about violence, sex, hatred, and other craziness. I don’t use my “talent” to show my religion in a positive light all the time. So, yes, if I get my stories published, I might be sharing my talent with others, but not necessarily in a way that shows my religion as something to which others would want to be drawn.
It’s difficult to write religious-themed fiction books without making them sound like blatant pamphlets on conversion. It’s hard to write religious characters without making them Mary Sues. I realize that every time I write a religious character, they come off really preachy and unrealistic, or they come off without flaws.
I’ve also wondered if it’s considered a sin to write about things that go against my religion, which I do all the time. OK, I like reading Christian- or religious-themed novels occasionally, but I’ve never wanted to write them. It’s just not what I’m into. I’ve never written stories to try and convert people to my religion (or to any religion or way of thinking, for that matter). If anything, I would like to write a story that makes people think about religion, morals, values, right, wrong, etc., but not to try and convert them. Most attempts at conversion don’t end well. We live in an age when people absolutely hate to be pushed around, and are very suspicious of anyone who tries to push them into a certain way of thinking or believing. I don’t think it was always like that.
Basically, my religion and my writing are two separate things. I like that they’re two separate things. But shouldn’t your religion infiltrate everything you do… and influence it for the better? Hmm… just something that was on my mind.