"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them."Genesis 1:27
There is a scene that has stayed with me from the 2007 Ryan Reynolds' film The Nines. Gavin, a TV producer fighting to have his show picked up by the network, says "I have all these characters inside my head and they want to live. I'm the only way they can. This is the only way they can."
I understand that passion more and more with every story I complete. Becoming an author has taught me a lot of things, but none so profound as the love of a creator. For my characters and their stories, the love I have for them is so very different than the love I have for my spouse, family, and best friends but no less powerful. After a hard self-check that I hadn't built myself a golden calf with my writing, I realized that powerful love was the most natural thing in the world. As a created being, I've been receiving that love from the moment God knit me together in the womb. I've always known God loves me, but when I became a creator through my writing, I unlocked an aspect of God's love for me that I never would have known any other way. The depth and uniqueness of the love of a creator for the creation isn't something I'm a strong enough writer to attempt to explain. I am a strong enough writer to know not to try. Any true fiction writer already knows. Perhaps none so well as J.R.R. Tolkien who said "Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker."
I thank God for the blessing of His love for me as my creator, and the blessing of being able to give that love without hesitation or embarrassment to my characters and their stories--those that are and those yet to be written.