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Religion in Stories

Religion is something that has always fascinated me. While I like my worlds to be atheistic and I like to have atheist characters, I also like to have religions. In fantasy, it is easy enough to create a religion. But I have found that my dystopian book requires me to create a sect within an existing religion rather than creating a whole new religion. I want my sect to reflect aspects of this religion, but I don’t want it to be a copy of an existing sect. I have done this by borrowing bits and pieces from different sects and even other religions. It has been an interesting experiment and I am interested to see how it goes. Part of me is worried: I don’t want to anger anybody because they think that I am writing about them, and I don’t want my book to be rejected by publishers because it is too controversial. But I’m also excited: I want to see how people receive my book, and I want to write something that is new and exciting. I hope my experiment turns out well.

Making an Outline

Different people write in different ways. Some people need an outline to write well while others prefer to just wing it. I wrote my first novel without using an outline and had few problems. I am using outlines to write my current books. I have found that having an outline makes the writing process smoother and keeps me from getting stuck. However, my writing has slowed down since I started using an outline. It’s not that the outline took any time, but rather that I seem to find writing with an outline boring and am finding it hard to focus. Now I am trying to decide if the benefits outweigh the costs. While I am slower now, I still have just as many words down now as I had with my first novel. This is because I don’t have the writers block.

Has anyone else had this problem? How did you go about solving it? 

What do you think about making outlines?

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