Monday, July 18, 2016

Trouble

According to Les Edgerton, author of Hooked, "All stories are about one thing: trouble. What does trouble create? The hope that we can do something to get out of it."

I saw this quote at Writer Unboxed, and I've been thinking about it ever since. Mostly because I was having some trouble with character motivation. Just that one little quote actually lent some new perspective to my dilemma, after which, I found more helpful quotes:

"What can I do about it anyway? Every squeak counts, if only in self-respect."

"The hour of consciousness doesn't mean cognition only, but understanding..."

"The search for justice is timeless, and courage isn't lack of fear but persisting despite our fear."

"There is just this, and it is everything."

Saturday night I had to do an errand after work, which was about the last thing I wanted to do. But as I drove past Sherman Marsh I smiled because the errand wasn't going to take too long, and it was a lovely, warm summer evening. The last of the sun was all golden, the wind was blowing through the car from the open windows, and my dog was happy to be doing something different. And I thought, yes, there is just this, and it is everything.




What's inspiring you this week? 

 

38 comments:

  1. If that was the scene you saw, then that's really cool.
    Every squeak counts. Especially if you're a mouse.

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    1. That was not the scene I saw (I was driving) but it fills me with the same feeling of awe and beauty.

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  2. Yay for getting a handle on character motivation! I love the pic and I'm glad you (and your dog) found something to enjoy. :)

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  3. The picture, here on this post, is inspiring to me. Stunning!

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    1. It is a stunning pic and I must give credit to my son who took it a few years back when he was caretaker on Damriscove Island.

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  4. Love the picture. It's inspiring me this Monday morning!

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  5. I hope to find inspiration in a clear blue sky and cool pool waters!

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  6. I like those moments when a character gets clarity after stumbling over lots of setbacks. That's when you know the asskicking is coming and they've figure out how to get out of trouble. :))

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  7. That marsh is gorgeous! What's inspiring me this week is being back home. I can't wait to get into a rhythm!!!

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    1. That marsh is actually a cove on Damariscove Island, but it looks marshy, doesn't it? I didn't have a pic of the marsh.

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  8. It really is all about trouble! That's got me thinking as I attempt (and fail repeatedly) to plot out a story!

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  9. Beautiful picture, I want to live there!

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    1. It's a beautiful spot. Lots of birds.

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  10. Your post is pretty inspiring. I'm inspired by the hot weather. It makes me feel like I'm working harder than I am when I exercise and gives me an excuse to stay inside in the AC and write.

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    1. Glad I could be inspiring!

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  11. Nothing much as I'm dying in this heatwave and listening out for a never to be seen ice cream truck!

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    1. Oh I remember the sound of the ice cream truck. What a joyous noise that was *sigh*

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  12. I've actually been reading journals from my youth. Reading about my first love is inspiring but dangerous territory. It's too easy to slip into the psyche of that troubled teen. At least I made it out! But I like your inspiration better. ~grin~ Be well!

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    1. I only have one diary left from when I was a teen. It sure is interesting to read now.

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  13. And what a stunningly beautiful 'everything' you captured.
    Thank you.

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  14. It's funny how a solution can come from just about anywhere. It's great when it happens just when you need it.

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    1. I love when it happens when I need it!

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  15. I love that shot. So inspiring. I had a moment of clarity this morning about a manuscript I'm critiquing, and it was epic.

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  16. Inspiring. And loved the post.

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  17. Fields of sunflowers have inspired me this week. Great post. Thank you for sharing!

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  18. Oh my gosh, what a lovely shot.

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    1. One of my son's awesome pics of Damariscove Island :)

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  19. What's inspiring me this week? The (DOH!) realization that I should write FIRST thing in the morning. I've always been an early riser, and that's when I feel the most motivated. But for some (stupid) reason, instead of taking advantage of those early morning hours to write, I was reading the newspaper, answering emails, and that sort of thing. Then, there was fixing breakfast, doing the dishes, getting sidetracked by household stuff, blah, blah, blah. Since I switched my routine, I'm actually getting some writing done again!

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