Monday, November 3, 2008

Checklist for Personal Limitations in Fiction

Where do you live?
--What issues or topics predominate in your area?
--Which worldviews are most common?
--What stories should you avoid that would reinforce the negative already around you?
--What stories would help counteract the negative?

What kind of work do you do?
--Is your job solitary or people-intensive?
--Creative or logical?
--What kind of people do you mainly interact with (gender, age & worldview)?
--What stories should you know to connect with these people? (In the world)
--Which stories would counter act the negative? (Not of the world)

What is your gender?
--If female, are you aware which stories drains your ability to cope with reality or that you tend to impose on reality?
--If male, which stories desensitize you to problems or cause a disconnect from reality?

What is your marriage status?
--If single, are you careful about falling in love with love and how graphic sexual portrayals become?
--If married, do you know how the stories affects your perspective of your marriage?
--If divorced or widowed, do you monitor your reaction and favor the implied, so you can limit how far you delve into the past?

What other relationships fill your life?
--Do you have children or grandchildren?
--Are you a mentor?
--Do you fill a leadership or teaching position?
--Are you aware of your fellow-Christian who may not be as mature as you or has other personal limitations?
--What image does your fiction habits project?

Who are you?
--Which stories build up your strengths?
--Which stories prey on your weaknesses?

What have you experienced?
--Which stories exploit past problems/sins or reopen old wounds?
--Which stories bring healing and increase your understanding of yourself and the world around you?

1 comment:

Valerie Comer said...

Hugs! You'll have to let me know how it turns out!