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By EelKat Wendy C Allen

Help with Writing About Hell For Paranormal Romance Authors

Help with Hell

Posted on Friday, October 3, 2008 | Comments Off

On NaNoWriMo today I found this question: HELP with Hell!

1. There is a list of things to get you into hell. What’s on it? (SOOOO important-one needs to qualify my MC’s mom)

2. Heaven is going to war with Hell. God didn’t have a say in it. (God isn’t in my novel at the moment… just referenced a few times) Why would the angels want to take over Hell?

3. Can someone explain Hell to me? How (in any point of view, many and/or the most common) did it come to be, can you get out of it and why does there need to be one?

4. Who are main demons/angels? Who sided with Lucifer in the first war?

5. If the keys to Hell were stolen, what would happen to all the bad souls? Why would Heaven want the keys? What could they do with them? How would that help with #2?

6. Based on your answers for the above, why would the girl side with Hell in the war?

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My Answer:

1. There is a list of things to get you into hell. What’s on it? (SOOOO important-one needs to qualify my MC’s mom)

I am a Christian. I grew up in a very strict Christian home. Almost anything could get you sent to Hell.

When I say strict, I mean VERY:

the following were grave sins :

women were forbidden to:

  • * cut their hair
  • * wear pants
  • * wear skirts above the knee
  • * wear short sleeves
  • * wear makeup
  • * wear jewelry
  • * be over 16 years of age and not be married
  • * be over 18 years of age and not have at least 4 children
  • * work or get jobs

things forbidden to all, both men and women included:

  • * drinking
  • * smoking
  • * coffee
  • * tea
  • * soda
  • * swearing (and you’s be surprised the things that are considered a swear!)
  • * public school
  • * meat
  • * sex outside of marriage

Those sins could get you into a level of Hell that was not as bad as the rest of Hell, but if you repented of them you could be forgiven and avoid Hell altogether.

Those are just the major biggie sins, there are lots of little ones as well, stupid ritual like things… hand washings, wearing special underwear you have to wear, and stuff like that.

giant sins like adultery/cheating on partner, rape, murder, divorce, being gay, etc… those things you can’t be forgiven for EVER and were one way tickets to Hell.

at least according to my family’s religion….

me, today, as an adult… I look at them and think… they are nuts!

2. Heaven is going to war with Hell. God didn’t have a say in it. (God isn’t in my novel at the moment… just referenced a few times) Why would the angels want to take over Hell?

Maybe they thought Hell was not punishing sinners harshly enough?

or

Maybe they thought the sinners were being punished too harshly?

Either way they feel they should take over to make changes to the system.

3. Can someone explain Hell to me? How (in any point of view, many and/or the most common) did it come to be, can you get out of it and why does there need to be one?

Some Thoughts on Hell

While on Proboards Support, I came across an interesting thread. Here is the original thread, the question asked, and the multiple choices given. At the time of my adding this here, the poll has 4 pages of comments and debates. In order to vote on this forum poll (or join the discussion and add a comment) you have to be a registered member, but here is the link anyways.

The Question:

What is the worst part of Hell do you believe?

Multiple Choice Answers:

  • I dunno (5 votes, 20%)
  • God hates you in Hell (1 vote, 4%)
  • God doesn’t care for those in Hell (3 votes, 12%)
  • No water (0 votes, 0%)
  • Never being able to be on Support Proboards again (8 votes, 32%)
  • Demons (1 vote, 4%)
  • Satan (4 votes, 16%)
  • Fire/Other/Others/Mix/Mixes (3 votes, 12%)

(These vote results were taken on May 16, 2008)



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I put dunno, cause I have no idea what it would be like or even if there is such a place…. I’ve heard of a dozen or more different interpretations on what hell is or isn’t, and no one really knows anything for certain anyways, I mean, how many people went to hell and came back to tell the tale?

If real demons were anything like fantasy demons (namely Lord Sesshomaru :-* ;D ) though, I’d love Hell! LOL! ;D

As I said earlier, wither or not there are heaven and hell is debatable, however, I do believe there is an afterlife of some sort.

I do not unnecessarily believe in either heaven or hell. I do not think life after death is all very much different from life here and I believe we well be reunited or even reborn again into the same family circles in the next life as this one and that we have already done so in past lives as well.

Heaven, the way I see it, would be spending eternity with those you love in a peaceful place free of heartache, sickness, and war. If there was a hell, I think it would be a place where we are separated from those we love: our friends, our families, and our pets.

Interesting question, but does the Bible ever use either the actual words “Hell” or “Satan”? Looking in 16 different translations, I only see these words used in the modern day versions (AMP and NKJ) but not in any of the older versions; also there is no historical record of there being a reference to Satan prior to 300 A.D.

4. Who are main demons/angels? Who sided with Lucifer in the first war?

Are you LDS? The reason I ask, is because as far as I know they are the only religion that teaches there was a *first war*. It comes from the D&C not the Bible (or the BofM either). There is no actual scripture reference to a war in heaven, because there there is no scriptural reference to a place called Hell at all. Most reference to Hell are based on the Greek/Roman mythology stories about Hades.

Outside of the Catholic church there are pretty much zero demon or angles, because most of them are from the Apocrypha and no other religion uses that set of scripture.

If it was my story, I’d go with making up my own angels and demons.

5. If the keys to Hell were stolen, what would happen to all the bad souls? Why would Heaven want the keys? What could they do with them? How would that help with #2?

I can’t think of an answer for this one.

6. Based on your answers for the above, why would the girl side with Hell in the war?

Maybe she’s just plain feed up with all the *goody-two-shoe* stuff she’s had to put up with living with all her *holier than though* friends and family? She wants to rebel against it, and the best way she can think of to rebel is by joining Hell?


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