Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Worldview and Writing

Worldview intertwines itself in our writing because it is a part of us. Even if we try to keep our beliefs out of our writing, they show up in the development of our stories because our stories come from the wellspring of imagination within us. The core of our imagination is closely linked with the way we see the world and how we believe everything works. This goes for Christians, Buddhists, Atheists, and all worldviews. A worldview shapes what we see, how we act, and the way we write.

However, I often wonder in my own writing just how much I should share overtly? How much is enough? and how much is over the top?

Check out this passage from Frankenstein (I've been catching up on my classic fiction on my Kindle):
"A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind and never allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility. I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule." Yes, this is written in a character's voice, but it also stems from the worldview of the author.

So, what do you think, is it a good idea to overtly include our worldview in our writing? How much is enough? How much is too much?

And, have you ever read Frankenstein? This is my third time reading it, and the first time in a decade, but I still find it intriguing.


Cherie Reich said...

Interesting dilemma, and I would say it depends on the book. We carry ourselves into our books whether we mean to or not.

I read Frankenstein in 10th grade. I enjoyed it, and I wouldn't mind reading it again.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I guess when it crosses the line and becomes like preaching it's too much. But you're right, our views of the world do creep into our writing. In my books, Cassans mentally 'bond' with their mates and it's permanent, and that does reflect my belief that marriage is forever.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Cherie - I agree.

Alex - Agreed! I'm looking forward to reading your second book!!!

Charmaine Clancy said...

I enjoy reading a book where the author's views on a subject are obvious, like Phillip Pullman's HIS DARK MATERIALS series. I don't have to agree, but I enjoy exploring strong opinions and reading characters that are passionate about their stand.
Wagging Tales

Tyrean Martinson said...

Charmaine - Interesting. I agree that I like to know what the author's views are . . . as long as they don't knock me over the head with them, even if I disagree I can think about their opinions. Being passionate is part of what writing is all about.

Angie said...

You know, I never had read Frankenstein. I should fix that! I think how much you share overtly depends on what you are writing. My characters share my beliefs, so they end up sharing them overtly often. It's so true that there is no way to avoid it. I don't think we should try.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Angie - Love your thoughts on this . . . I just worry about my characters getting "preachy" in the midst of dialogue, and missing the plot. I'm writing a Christian fantasy and faith is very important to both my character and plot development, but I don't want to hit anyone over the head. I think gentle persuasion works best.