Mar 19, 2013

Challenges Shape a Story

By Leesa Ostrander

I came across a very interesting quote:

“Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses applied simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more. He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion which polish you for your everylasting benefit.” ― Richard G. Scott

I had to think if I did not have challenges and obstacle's where would I be today? What would the story I create look like? Sound like? Feel like? Many of my experiences whether fun and exciting or true learning moments have shape the stories I create. 

I may think of a story and how my character will get out of a mess, then realize it is me that is in the mess. My path can shape a story or my path in life. I can see stories in everyday around me. The challenge for me is to finish the story!

In writing is it the responsibility of the character to overcome a obstacle or is it the plot to create a method for the character 


  1. I think of how trials have shaped my life today and who I am. Lately, as I've faced trials or made mistakes, I like to think of a concept I got from a quote that I don't remember where it came from, but it's about how true character is determined by the actions of someone when things get really hard-like a character test. Makes trials exciting to a girl who used to get adrenaline rushes from taking college exams. :)

  2. :-) Love it!
    I would get anxiety looking at a test date on the syllabus. But give me a five-paragraph essay and I am all over it!

  3. When you get through them it seems like a victory. When you are going through them, not so much!


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