Angels have become increasingly popular in all book genres from romance to horror, and every sub-genre in between. If you’ve been contemplating a story idea with an angel as a character then this article is for you!
You can make your angelic character supernatural or human.
1. Supernatural Angel
A supernatural angel embodies everything that being an angel entails: wings (visible or disguised), a charge he/she has to guide, and a boss higher in the angelic hierarchy.
One major thing you will need to decide is why and how the angel is sent to Earth. In my flash fiction story, Fallen, a man’s guardian angel crash lands in the woods to save his life. Does your angel appear on the welcome mat of your MC’s house with a smile and a hint of heavenly light? Or does someone find the angel naked in a parking lot like Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator?
Is your angel there to save his/her charge, to carry out a mission, to kill someone evil, or to save the world from a demon? Think long and hard, because this will be the plot of your story, and once again . . . Yes, I am going to say it: Be creative and try something new!
When you’re writing about a supernatural angel, you will have to use the supernatural. Angels have powers, and so should yours! Does your angel have the healing touch like Leo from Charmed? Can he/she appear out of thin air? Or kill with the snap of a finger?
TIP: Do research into angels and supernatural abilities to figure out what types of powers you want your angel to have.
For more information on the supernatural see this post: Supernatural (How to Write)
Another thing you will have to keep in mind is that your supernatural angel shouldn’t look 100% human. Give him/her strange features that a human wouldn’t normally have: sparkling hair, orange/yellow/gold eyes, unusually long limbs, and/or glowing skin.
Make your angel memorable!
|Meet my angel . . . my Grandma Clara.|
And yes, that little thing is me. :)
1. Human Angel
A human angel is obviously an angel in human form. He/she could’ve been sent down in human form or could’ve been born into a human body. Whichever option you choose, your angel will look, act, and talk as all other humans do. But he/she can still have angelic powers.
He/she also has to have a purpose, even more so (I think) than a supernatural angel, because to be in human form means his/her identity has to be hidden and his/her mission has to be top secret. What is the mission? You can keep it a mystery for a while, but eventually your readers will need to know.
No matter what the reason is for why the angel is on Earth, another human (a real human) should be part of the story as the angel’s charge, aide, or even love interest. Maybe all three at once! But at some point the angel will have to reveal what he/she is and why he/she is there, whether it’s done right away or after the charge becomes suspicious is up to you.
How does the charge react to the truth? Does he/she feel hurt, betrayed, or angry? Or does the charge deny it because it’s just too absurd?
At the end of the story, the supernatural angel can sacrifice him/herself or return to Heaven, while the human angel can have three possible fates: death, Heaven, or life on Earth. Choose whatever outcome best fits your story and your characters.
And I don’t think I have to repeat myself again, do I? Be crea . . . Okay, good! ;)
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QUESTIONS: Do you believe in angels? I do. :)
Have you written a story about an angel? Please tell me about it!