Jan 10, 2010

Overcomimg Adversity

by Marsha Ward

One of the most satisfying moments in this life is when something finally works right, something that has persistently caused problems and headaches, if not heartaches or even terror. The relief and joy at having overcome a big roadblock are mighty.

So it is in writing. I talk not of the actual writing process, but the underlying theme that many of us fiction authors write under: overcoming adversity.

We put our characters into desperate straits. We arrange for snapping crocodiles to hound their heels, storms and shipwrecks to bedevil them, mysterious forces to seek their destruction. Then we have to figure out how they will extricate themselves from these woes. The relief and joy they experience when they overcome adversity are mighty. We experience it right along with them, as do our readers. That's a great thrill, and probably one of the reasons many of us write in the first place.


  1. I love the challenge required just to finish a book. It is like climbing a mountain and finally getting to the other side.

  2. I always feel like I overcame the same adversities my characters did esp since I made them up, ha.

  3. I like the thought that we can control our characters' adversity and their responses to it. At least we can do the latter in real life!


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