Many well-known writers faced bouts of adversity and were able to give us literary masterpieces. When faced with hard challenges they always had the choice to write or not to write. No matter how difficult those challenges were, it came down to that choice.
These writers all chose to write.
Kurt Vonnegut had never seen anything like the city of Dresden, Germany, when he was there in 1945 as a prisoner of war. He witnessed its total destruction along with a horrific loss of life, one hundred thirty thousand corpses. That’s what Vonnegut saw, and he wrote Slaughterhouse Five.
This is a review of that novel by Michael Crichton that appeared in The New Republic:
“He writes about the most excruciatingly painful things. His novels have attacked our deepest fears of automation and the bomb, our deepest political guilts, our fiercest hatreds and loves. Nobody else writes books on these subjects; they are inaccessible to normal novelistic approaches. But Vonnegut, armed with his schizophrenia, takes an absurd, distorted, wildly funny framework which is ultimately anesthetic.”
Kurt Vonnegut suffered from depression. He tried to kill himself with an overdose of sleeping pills and alcohol. He survived and wrote about it.
Anne Rice in many interviews refers to a deep depression following the death of her five-year-old daughter. She turned to writing and gave us Interview with a Vampire, the story of a living dead charmer who creates an immortal family. She said this about writing it:
“[in 1973, after the death of her daughter from leukemia]. I pitched myself into writing and made up a story about vampires. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was all about my daughter, the loss of her and the need to go on living when faith is shattered.”
Patricia Cornwell was diagnosed as bi-polar. She describes her life of ups and downs throughout the 90’s in an interview: (MailOnline-UK)
“So much drama and melodrama, soap opera and horrible tales,’ she sighs. Real life is so much crazier than anything you can make up.”
She gave us a fascinating detective that figures things out and triumphs time and time again. Cornwell can be Dr. Kay Scarpetta any time she wants.
Cornwell adds in the same interview:
“On the one hand I want to get up in the morning and have someone tell me I don’t have to write today, and on the other I don’t know what to do with myself if I don’t.”
You don’t need to go through hard times as a credential to be a writer. Writing is fueled by a myriad of passions and not all of them come from being in some dark place.
But if you happen to be in a dark place one day why not pick up a pen?
The last 60 Scenes® 1-Day Workshop of 2018 is September 22nd in Atlanta. If you are interested in learning the 60 Scenes® Writing Method don’t miss this workshop.
We teach you how to storyboard, how to track a plot over the Outer Journey and develop your characters within the Inner Journey. There is so much in this one-day course that makes writing course you may have taken before all make sense.
“If you can write 60 Scenes® you can write a novel.” It’s as simple as that. All the tools you need in one day. Use it for screenplays too. Penpaperwrite is dedicated to writers and their work. We want to help them get the ideas out of their heads and on to paper.
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