When it came to the God Metaphor, I was kind of half-way between everything. I’d just started going to Liverpool regularly again, and it really didn’t take me long to fall in love with the city – it made sense for me to have the piece start in that city, even if it didn’t spend much time there.

After finishing Adjective Narcissism, I immediately started writing again but it didn’t really have a direction. At the same time, I needed to write something a little more coherent to submit for my university’s final portfolio.

I remember thinking that AN was at its best when I was passionate about what I was writing, even if I sometimes tried to hide that passion behind the character’s superiority.

I’ve hated organised religion and spirituality for as long as I can remember, and it’s also been something that gets me angry, and gets me angry quickly. Railing against religion then, particularly when combined with the narcissism I’d already picked up from my previous Broken Polemic, seemed to be the best way to go.

What Is The God Metaphor?Cover of J.W. Carey's God Metaphor eBook - A cross held in a toilet cubicle

Whereas my first Polemic focused on art, and self-obsession, this one drew comparisons between an author and a God. I was asking myself a lot of questions around this point, like how a character would perceive their author if they met? Would they be greeted like God descending from Heaven, or would they be addressed with disappointment, anger or fear?

I deliberately tried to draw comparisons and contrasts between the role of the author versus that of a deity. In particular, I like the idea that “whom the gods destroy they first make proud” – I certainly made my character proud in terms of superiority, meaning his destruction was simple.

One of the main criticisms that was levelled at this piece was that, like much of my writing, the story doesn’t necessarily move much. I feel this piece is a little more coherent than its predecessor, but that’s not really up to me to say, I guess.

Why Did I Write God Metaphor?

I was angry; I’d made myself angry by thinking about religion too much. I think that anger comes through a little too vehemently through the character in a couple of scenes, but I don’t necessarily feel that it detracts from it.

Another major reason was that I felt the compulsion to keep writing, to keep trying new things, to not let myself stop; even when I wanted to. God Metaphor wasn’t as quick to write as AN, but only by a few weeks. I was able to vaguely justify the time spent on it as part of my course, and as soon as I got my results back for the extract I submitted it was completely finished.

As I said before, a lot of the writing I was doing was fragmented. Having a project like this really helped to turn real-world events into potential scenes, which really became useful for later projects of mine.

Oh, and, of course, I hate organised, external religion and spirituality. Yeah; that was a big reason behind this free eBook.

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As part of the Broken Polemic series, this eBook is free to download. I’d recommend reading Adjective Narcissism first, but I like to think that GM can stand on its own. For this free eBook download, follow the link of click on the God Metaphor cover image to your left (or below if you’re on a small screen).