Ever since revealing the plot of my second NaNoWriMo novel, several people have asked about the message of the story. This wasn’t something I thought of in the few hours I had between finishing my first story, looking around for a second idea, and starting my second story. Those hours went something like this:
Hooray, the end! I should probably come up with a second idea since I haven’t hit my daily quota yet. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Fine, I’ll start poking around the adoptable forum. Ooh, there’s an Adopt a What If thread. Awesome. *starts reading it* What if a human were an advisor to a god? Hey, that sounds cool. Now what if that human were an advisor for a reason? Maybe God’s frustrated that the humans don’t see God as she really is. There’s an idea! *starts second novel*
None of that time was devoted to coming up with a message to the story. The pantser in me wasn’t concerned with coming up with a message before the story began, or at all, to be honest. Crafting the perfect message for a novel can come after I’ve written a draft and I’ve examined all the possible options… if it comes at all. That’s okay. Not every book has to have a lesson, moral or otherwise. If it teaches one along the way, then good for the story. Otherwise, pushing a message into the story is likely to do more harm than good.
This makes me wonder why people want to know the message of my story. Is it because I’m writing about a topic that many people have strong opinions about? Or is it because I’m challenging the norms with this story? Whatever the case, I know people wouldn’t be asking me this question if I weren’t writing about such a hot topic; in fact, in all my years of doing NaNo, this is the first time someone has ever asked me that question.
But for those who want to know this so-called message: there is none. I’m just exploring what would happen if God decided to correct what humans believed about her.