A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with my dad and show him my 7 book plan. Within this plan, I laid out everything I wanted for my book series. While I was talking through everything with him, I realized just how far I’ve come since I first started in 7th grade. All through my life, I’ve had amazing teachers who have encouraged me to read and write. In 7th grade, I had a teacher who began teaching us how to write creative fiction. The first thing I wrote was about Justin Bieber, and a die-hard fan whose stalking skills were a bit scary. While the story was easily one of the worst pieces of fan fiction out there, I realized that I loved writing. From there, I began developing the ideas that eventually became the book I self-published on Libby Lu Guru as Ephesus.
The story takes place in our world in 2017, and follows a girl named Lex. Along with her two friends, Ash and Josh, Lex discovers that her father works for a secret organization that is trying to take down a terrorist group. The trio end up caught in the middle of a war they never realized existed. But, this wasn’t always the plot. The story initially followed an archangel, Ariel, whose twin brother, Uriel, went missing in heaven. Soon after, Ariel discovers that a Nephilim (half human, half angel), Russell, has come into being. Thinking the two seemingly isolated incidents could be related, Ariel searched for the Nephilim. She finds him at the age of 15, and convinces him to help her. It was originally meant to be a tragic love story loosely based on the book of Revelation. It also originally took place in 2324, in a utopian society divided between “Believers” and “Non-Believers,” or, Christians and Atheists. Russell was the prince of the Non-Believer territory, and the story took place over the course of 5 books.
Part of the reason I ultimately abandoned the original plot line was because creating an entire new world proved to be more difficult than I had originally thought. I had to come up with all the rules and regulations of each territory, and I had to come up with the various technological advances that the human race had experienced since the present day. I had to create a history for the world to have, and I had to create slang terms that the human race used. Even though it originally took place on earth, I was essentially creating something brand new. Through this process, I realized just how hard it must have been for J.R.R. Tolkien to create Middle Earth, or for J.K. Rowling to create Hogwarts and the Wizarding World. While certain elements of creating a world were fun, I decided it would be for the best for me to create a story happening present day. Because of this, a lot of the plot couldn’t be salvaged and I had to completely restart my research. But, I was able to keep a few things. Most character personalities didn’t change that much. Lex’s full name is Alexandrina Ariel Stavros, because I still loved the name Ariel (even if it no longer fit the character Lex had become). This book has been through a lot, from planning to writing to editing to deleting and rewriting, it has grown into something completely different than I had originally intended. But, I’m glad it has, because it means I’ve worked hard to accomplish my first goal: writing a book.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” – Genesis 1:1-3
In a lot of ways, writing out my character’s stories have brought me closer to God. God is the creator of the universe, and I think I often lose sight of how difficult it must have been. He had to create the laws of physics, and the logic of the world. In Genesis, God spoke light into being, and He formed man out of dust. But I doubt He woke up one day and thought to Himself, “I think I’ll create a universe today.” The Bible tells us that it took Him 7 days to create the world. He had to put a lot of thought into everything He created. Look at human anatomy, or the anatomy of any living thing! It’s so carefully thought through and planned out. He had to create rules for the universe to follow, and He had to create a space and time for everything He created to exist. For me, I don’t know how anyone could look at the world we live in and say that it was all random chaos. From writing a book, I know that the things I create cannot be chaotically thought up in a short period of time. Writing is a meticulous task that takes days, months, and even years to do. I have to determine what my character is, and how the world around them is perceived by them. I have to come up with a space and time for my characters to exist. The world my characters live in has to follow certain rules so that everything makes sense. The plot has to be planned out in advance, otherwise, the story wouldn’t make sense. Even in the beginning of creation, if we look at Genesis 3, God already has a plan for the salvation of man through Jesus Christ when he cursed the serpent. For me, writing has opened my eyes to how well thought out the world we live in really is. Often times, we think of God as the creator. But more than that, He is the ultimate author; He is the One who saw the empty universe as a blank page, and used His words to create something beautiful. We are His story!
Write Your Story by Francesca Batistelli
“I want my history
To be your legacy.
Go ahead and show this world
What you’ve done in me.
And when the music fades
I want my life to say
I let you write your story”