Have you ever wanted something, needed something, so badly you thought you’d die without it. Only to wake up, smell reality and realize it’s a forbidden desire?
They can be described in many ways. The Deadly Sins, Capital Vices, Cardinal Sins…an unspoken set of rules that should be the basic foundation of our every day choices. I, myself, have happily indulged in each and every delicious sin, only to feel guilt, remorse and humility after the pleasure has worn off. Although…it never truly stops me.
Gluttony: The over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste.
Greed: A very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of material possessions.
Sloth: A failure to do things that one should do; laziness – physical or spiritual.
Wrath: Also known as “rage”, may be described as inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger.
Envy: Envy is similar to jealousy in that they both feel discontent towards someone’s traits, status, abilities, or rewards. The difference is that envious also desire the entity and covet it.
Pride: A desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and excessive love of self.
And…saving the best for last:
Lust: Usually thought of as excessive sexual wants; however, the word was originally a general term for desire. Therefore lust could involve the intense desire of money, food, fame, or power as well.
At some point, I’d love to frame and hang this picture, as its a gorgeous rendering of each exotic sin – (Artist Found Here):
It seems an absolute shame that indulging in any one of these is deemed evil. Which is one reason I love being a writer. I can create anything. I’m a god of my world on paper. I decide what constitutes a sin, and what the punishment for said act will be. It’s both a powerful and terrifying feeling.
Choosing to write romance, dabbling in erotica, you can easily see the Sin I favor. If I’m forsaken, it’ll be Lust that takes me down into it’s dark, dangerous depths. But damn, what a ride.
I would say the goal of any good writer, is to inject each scene with a deadly dose of sin. Take every interaction your character has with the object of it’s ultimate desire, and bleed out the particular vice until your reader has inadvertently tumbled into that dark, unforgiving space. Only then, will you have truly captured them. Trapped them in your web of illusion and hold them until the very last page. If you can do this, your reader will curse the end and, hopefully, lust after your next book.