People. Yeah, you know the ones I’m talking about. The ones you can’t live with but can’t live without…at least for the moment. According to the Universe, there’s a reason for that. Not sure I buy into it because dealing with those people make me grind my teeth. And bite my tongue. And my blood pressure has been known to spike. But I guess there’s a reason for everything, right?
Silver, the trouble with troublesome people is that they often have much to teach to those they trouble.
Love ’em all,
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Fortunately, Silver, they’re no trouble at all, some even go away, once your lessons are learned.
So, I spent some time thinking about this and I came to the conclusion that the Universe knows It’s shit. Because I have to figure that the people who cross my path do so for a reason, good or bad. If I believe in Karma, then I have to buy into the idea of lessons learned, right? Of course, when it’s 3:00 a.m. and I’m staring at the ceiling because I woke up and can’t back to sleep, I think about all sorts of crazy stuff. There’s a lesson in this when it comes to characters, too. Those of you who write will understand. If you’ve ever had a character cause trouble when you’re writing, raise your hand. *counts* See? That’s pretty much what I thought. I quit fighting with my characters. Whenever the argue, I figure it’s time to shut up and listen to them. I might not agree with their reasoning, but sometimes–and I’ll deny I ever said this if you tell any of them–they’re right. Sometimes I have a preconceived notion they know is all wrong and they want me to fix it. I’ve had them stop cooperating at all, going sullen and silent. There’s nothing much more pitiful than a writer who’s lost her character’s voice. And the Universe knows we all whine about it! 😆
That’s the lesson for today. Troublesome characters have much to teach us and once we learn the lesson they’re trying to knock into our thick heads, the better our books will be. Listen to those small, still voices in your head. They have something to say worth listening to. No go forth and be troubled no more! 😉