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The Place Where Gods Were Born

I returned two weeks ago from the Arctic Circle with two contradicting questions:

Do characters embody a place or do places embody their characters? Or both?

Here is the post I wrote for my personal blog. I’d love to hear your opinions, fellow writers, so please comment!

The Place Where Gods Were Born

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7 thoughts on “The Place Where Gods Were Born

  1. Honestly, I focus mostly on characters, neglecting setting. I tend to write Sci Fi so most of the scenes are on ships. There are plenty of ways to make that fit the character though. I haven’t progressed that far into my writing yet.

    I’ve seen a character’s setting, especially where they live or choose to be as a reflection. The setting shows little bits of their personalities we don’t see with actions or dialogue. It’s a great way to flesh out a character in a more subtle way.

    Thanks for getting me thinking.

    • Thanks for commenting! I’ve always found myself to be more character-driven too, but recently, when I look at my work, I realize that I actually do pay attention to the setting. There seems to be a parallel running through my work in terms of my characters and their relationship to the place. For instance, one of my WIPs is somewhat of a sci-fi and takes place on Mars. I didn’t realize it at first, but, in a way, Mars actually interacts with my characters — highlights some of their important decisions and some of their mistakes. As you said — it shows another side of my characters’ personalities.

      Even if your settings are typically ships, I’d hazard to guess that the ships themselves become characters too. Would there be Kirk without the Enterprise? (not that I’m a Star Trek expert, but it was the first thing that popped in my mind) Do you have any ships in your stories that are important to the story itself?

      Great points, regardless. Now you’ve got me thinking. 🙂

  2. W/o realizing it, I suppose so. A girl named Exodus steals a ship called Eden. After she loses her “family” and the ship is devastated, then modified with her inventions, she renames it Fury. She never tells anyone her name, so they refer to her as her ship’s name, Fury.

    That is the back story. Years later the ship has seen way too much action & is in disrepair. She does what she can, when she can, but she is on a personal mission. Very driven and at the same time hopeless. They’re both barely holding together. That is where my story starts.

    Later she finds her sister and the ship makes one last voyage to Earth where they collectively rescue someone they don’t particularly like. The ship dies on the way back to deep space. She is adrift and in the story she doesn’t know what she is going to do now that she has found her sister. What life will be like.

    Her sister comes to scoop her up in a new ship that she took over. I’ve struggled w/ naming the new ship. Pale Horse, Redemption, Rapture…she has a flare for the biblical.

    In the story I hadn’t realized but a new chapter in her life = “new” ship. Rebirth? 🙂

    Again, thanks for getting me thinking. Who knew I was that deep?

    • I think you sum it up in your first paragraph! She never tells anyone her name so people call her by the name of her ship. That almost seems to combine their identities on some subliminal level. People associate her in conjunction with her ship. She is the place and the place is her. The ship, itself, is a character.

      The fact that they are both in a state of repair when your story starts also seems to reflect their connection. What happens to one seems to happen to or affect the other.

      But I love your metaphor: new ship = new life = new opportunities. I can definitely agree with the idea of rebirth. Does her name change, too? Or do people continue to call her Fury?

      It sounds like a fantastic story — very character driven, which I love. I’m sure you’ll find plenty parallels that you didn’t see before, but that’s part of the fun, I think.

      Interesting ideas, regardless. It’s always an exercise in analytical thinking when we start trying to see the deeper connections in our own work. It sounds like you have no trouble whatsoever thinking deeply about it! 🙂

      Thanks for the pingback to the Sarcastic Muse, by the way. I would mention, however, that SM is actually a collection of writers (not just me). I post on Fridays and occasionally on Sunday. The rest of the time I post on my personal blog (Words and Wanderings).

      I’m so happy to have inspired a post! And to have had such a great conversation. It gets me thinking too!

      • Well, Holy Crud…I am so brain dead I didn’t realize Sarcastic was not all you. I’m not following Wanderings so I can keep everything straight! I have a post in the works about the story and how the ship & the character are connected. It talks about how awesome I am with out realizing it HA! (j/k).

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