house-fire“If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.” ~ Robert Fulghum

“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” ~ Walt Disney

I don’t like conflict and trouble, but it’s a natural part of life. Conflict is actually a good thing in some ways. True character is revealed under pressure. We are forced to re-assess our opinions on issues and re-prioritize. Our response to challenges causes us to grow and change. And obstacles make reaching our goals more worthy of a celebration.

In fiction, the external and internal conflicts our characters face are what eliminates the boring parts from our stories. And putting characters through difficulties on their way to achieving their goals gives the reader something to worry about and more reason to cheer our characters on.

There is an element of suspense and tension in all our lives. Will we achieve our goals or not? Not to mention that we were made for a different place and this world is not our home. During times of conflict, I can either try to work it out myself … or I become more dependent on God’s strength, peace, wisdom, grace, and mercy.

So, when it comes to my writing, I’m giving my characters goals worth fighting for and then tossing obstacles in their way. They’ll thank me for it later.

What about you? How have you benefited from conflict? Would your life make a good book … or is it too boring to sell?

The Good Trouble
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