4 Jan 2015: The closest you’ll ever come to being God

The rich people of this world think they’re gods. They think money gives them power, and power gives them control over us. This goes to their heads and makes them crazy. Don’t believe me, just watch the news. But I’m here to tell you, the true gods in this world are writers. Huh? you’re saying as you read this. Yeah, you heard me right.

In this world we live in, we have no control, but in the world I created in my novels, I have complete and total control. I created this world then I populated it with my characters. I created them from the dust of my mind and fashioned them to do as I bid them. They live and die and my whim, their only purpose to please me (and my readers).

Control in the world we live in is an illusion. Here’s a little of how I described it in an excerpt from my third novel.

The Blood that Binds, by Jennifer Geoghan:

“Problem is, control is generally an illusion, isn’t it?”

“How so?”

“In reality, what do we really have control over besides the way we react to things. We certainly can’t control what happens to us or the circumstances we find ourselves in most of the time. It’s nice to think we’re the masters of our own fates, but I think God is the one in ultimate control of things down here …”

Sure, people with money may be able to give you a job and take it away from you, but they have no control over how you react to these life events. They can direct your circumstances, but they can’t direct your reactions. What’s that old saying … something like: Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. But as a writer, the power I wield in my universe is heady sometimes. I mean I’ve killed people!! And I’m not ashamed to admit, I kinda liked it. Death scenes are the best to write. I’ve killed good people and I’ve killed bad people, and you want to hear something??? I’m going to kill again, exactly when you least expect it!   At the same time, I’ve created life. I’ve given birth to characters that make me laugh and often make me cry.

So yes, I am the god on my universe. Good thing it’s a fictional one though. I certainly wouldn’t want to be the God of our real one. Sorry, I don’t have time for that. I’m too busy writing. :-}

-Jennifer

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