I’ve been so darned content over the last few days. Where’s my muse? What to write about when one is so contented?
No worries. Just taking a little respite. Life is still offering plenty of challenges.
But this contentment has got me to thinking.
How do you feel about conflict? Do you try to avoid it at all costs? Do you see it as part of the challenge of life?
Do you find that it’s easier to argue for something or against something?
How is your life focused? Are you trying to overcome obstacles ? Or. To achieve goals?
Who are the antagonists in your life? Do you approach them as enemies or challenges?
What tools do you use when confronting a conflict? Do you have any? Only a hammer?
Am I thinking out loud tonight? A little bit. For sure. While in this state of contentment.
In her blog, Kristin Lamb wrote an awesome post on Understanding the Antagonist, which expounds on how the antagonist is the key ingredient to dramatic tension.
Conflict is the core ingredient to fiction, even literary fiction. Conflict in any novel can have many faces and often you will hear this referred to as the antagonist. The antagonist is absolutely essential for fiction. He/she/it is the engine of your story. No engine, and no forward momentum. Like cars, plots need momentum or they are dead.
The antagonist provides the energy to move the story forward. Antagonists generate genuine drama.
If there is no conflict there is no story. Isn’t that something. Doesn’t this then circle back to the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths:
- Life is difficult. We are always challenged.
- You don’t need to be pleased to be content.
- Peace is possible.
- We need to train the mind to accommodate life as it happens.
And so again.
If there is no conflict there is no life. Isn’t that something. It’s all about how we deal with conflict. And too. It’s ok to be content. There’s still a story to be had. Because there will always be an antagonist lurking somewhere.