Lesson #1: Obstacles Shape Character Growth
Two years ago, when I started this project, I didn’t know the first thing about showing a character develop as the story progressed. Over time, however, after my third complete rewrite of the 83,000-word manuscript, I found myself realizing what makes a character interesting. It’s their believability and their growth as a person.
Is love a feeling or an action?
I used to argue wholeheartedly that love was purely an action. I based my argument on my rudimentary understanding of what love looked like from Biblical characters. I would point out that Jesus’ love was found in his actions, but this isn’t completely true. Jesus’ love is not purely actions like I had previously thought, assuming the heart behind them was unimportant. I never considered that it could be the case that Jesus’ love is found at a deeper level, and that the actions of love that he performed are actually a result of the feelings and desires of His heart.