I have only recently begun to seriously consider writing in fiction, as opposed to non-fiction. In the past the idea of writing fiction was not too appealing for me, perhaps because I didn't think I was skilled enough, or maybe because of my general preference for non-fiction essays and history works. But there is a fascinating subject that I have been inspired to explore further, of which there are few if hardly any books on or about. My idea for a book is a little more complicated than maybe most people would have a taste for. In general, I want to explore philosophical questions surrounding the nature of human existence. I would like to create a work that is both intriguing, enlightening and educational. I have discovered that I enjoy presenting facts in my fiction work, scientific, historical, sociological, general trivia, and so on, in the process of the story telling, as well as my own insights into certain things, both philosophical and regarding everyday life. I am at the very earliest beginning stage of starting on a serious work, maybe a full-length book. Given my lack of experience in these matters, I am not looking to create a masterpiece now, but down the line, years later, perhaps I can look at what I produce now and then use it in the future as a rough draft for that future masterpiece. Okay, one of my questions about fiction writing is how do you write a character that is 10 times smarter than you are and make it convincing? I am leaning towards a gothic fantasy setting, where one of the characters is the devil. He interacts with the protagonist, and is the key character to the whole story, arguably moreso than my protagonist even. So how do you write the Big D and pull it off convincingly? Thoughts and suggestions?