Writing Controversial Characters

Today, I did some work on Journey to Ariadne part six, and it’s mainly about a rather prominent character I’m introducing. She is somewhat controversial. She’s not just loud and opinionated, but she’s also not afraid to tell people they’re morally bankrupt. You see, this part of the story involves religion. But not just any religion, one that developed as an offshoot of Christianity in the late 21st century. One that becomes very controversial.

As I wrote it, I wondered if I’ve gone too far or if it’s too mild. I’ll see how it goes when it’s critiqued. I’m looking forward to that.

Just so you know, the religion doesn’t exist, but is a kind of extremely fundamentalist Christianity. It won’t play a major part in the story, but is important in establishing the character’s background.

So, who is interested in it?

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4 thoughts on “Writing Controversial Characters”

  1. Hit us with it. Imaginary religions are always interesting. I just recently finished a scene where a character interrupts a preacher declaiming his view of recent events in order to provide her own spin on the situation, and thereby starts a riot. Varying and opposing viewpoints help give depth to a world and conflict.

    1. It’ll be a while until it’s up, as I still need to get parts 4 and 5 critiqued and editing, then I’ll put them up. Which reminds me, I must get to work on critiquing, because I need 3 points to put up a story.

  2. I’ve read an author who has an obvious bias against Christianity and I survived. I can certainly survive a fictional religion. I love controversy ;). Currently, I’m procrastinating writing about the Greater Good vs. the Individual theme. See your inbox for my procrastination.

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