My main character is not dead.
I have no interest in this novel being an “Oh btw I’ve been dead this whole time!” story. Nothing against novels that do that of course! It’s just not what I want this one to be.
So really, my MC is in limbo.
Now I’m a pretty devout Christian and my beliefs are in Heaven and Hell. But my MC is not a Christian, and she’s also still not dead.
Maybe I’ve read too many versions of the “I visited Jesus while I was clinically dead” stories and now I’m having a hard time imagining a good way to go about this limbo thing.
Part of me imagines it as being like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, where the MC is guided through her past, present and future and has to make the ultimate decision at the end. But I feel like
- That’s too ‘been there, done that’,
- I don’t need this section to compromise a majority of my novel, which it probably would,
- and I don’t really need her to make a decision or to change her life drastically. I just need her to realize some things.
These issues are why I tend to stick to contemporary, super realistic ideas. Because I have a hard time imagining things of this nature. But I’m trying to ditch my comfort zone for a little while. I’m just struggling.
Should she have a ‘limbo’ guide? Should it just be her? How does she come to these necessary realizations? Does she travel through time? Or just to different locations in the present?
I guess I should answer these questions.
I imagine it’s just her, travelling in the present, learning of the consequences of her actions. Seeing peoples’ lives fundamentally changed because of her.
See, I’m answering my own questions. These are things that blogging is good for! I’m off to attempt to write this.
In the meantime, if you have good examples of ‘limbo’ type stories/novels/poems, etc. send them my way!