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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Ruby Sparks
Calvin is Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes
The ability to create Ruby was an extension of the other abilities Calvin manifested as a child, which included creating clones. As he grew, his "overactive imagination" fueled his writing, but he forgot about his childhood adventures, Fairly OddParents style, also losing what made his "imagination" so wild. In essence, everything young Calvin thought was going on was real, just like the Ruby he creates as an adult.

Calvin's mom was a creation of his dad, just like Ruby was for him
Think about it, she is very much a Blithe Spirit and Doting Parent, just like Ruby. Calvin also mentioned that while his father was alive, his mother was totally different: the perfect House Wife for his father. Calvin's mysterious powers might have been inherited from his father.
Calvin inherited his ability from his mother
When Calvin and Ruby go to visit Calvin's parents, his mother locks a door and makes it clear that no one should go in that room. This is similar to the way Calvin locks up his manuscript. At dinner, there is discussion of the fact that the mother used to paint, but no longer does it. At some point in the past, her paintings created her new boyfriend. She gave up painting after realizing the ethical implications of what had occurred. She does live happily with her creation, though, because she doesn't try to control him. Her experience of this phenomenon opened her mind to mysticism, and this is why she became interested in New Age ideas.
Calvin is a human version of the Doctor and Ruby is the Rani.

Calvin is a human incarnation of the Doctor who got lost and never opened the pocket watch after whatever he was originally created for was resolved. He was a Teen Genius, as one could expect from the Doctor, and he writes as an outlet for his overactive subconsciously Time Lord mind, as the Doctor did in "Human Nature" and "The Family of Blood". He even dreams of his past as the Doctor did — Ruby was actually his old companion, whom he lost before becoming human and so continues to dream about, just as he did with Rose, and consequently, he writes about her. The Ruby of the film, however, is the Rani, who found out that the Doctor was trapped on Earth in a human body without his Time Lord memories, and decided to use this as a royal opportunity to screw with him. Once she realised he was dreaming about his old companion Ruby - whom she may have even killed - she regenerated, tailoring her new incarnation to be like the Ruby of the Doctor's dreams. Then she planted "Calvin's" typewriter, which is actually a sophisticated piece of technology that reports back to her whatever he types, allowing her to play along and create the illusion that Calvin is in control. At the end of the film, when Calvin sets Ruby free, her actions are still just keeping up the illusion, and she plans to torment the Doctor for as long as possible until he dies, she gets bored and kills him, or he accidentally finds and opens the pocket watch

The woman Calvin meets at the end isn't Ruby

Rather, Ruby is based on a vision Calvin had of his future wife. His muse took on human form to help him work out his issues to prepare him for her.

Nearly the entire movie is his novel

From the time Calvin's therapist tells him to write out his issues to the time Calvin is releasing his book, IS the content of his book. Through the process of writing his novel, Calvin confronted his own dark tendencies, and by the time of publication has become the better for it. Ruby has never been anything other than a written character on the page, and the woman he encounters after his book release is NOT Ruby. She looks strikingly like the character he had envisioned, but is a whole, REAL person that he now understands deserves love and respect.
The RuinsWMG/FILMRush 2013

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